Monday, July 10, 2017

NANTA seeks effective awareness creation to develop tourism

National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) has advocated for effective awareness creation among Nigerians by government and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector to facilitate its development.

Mr Barnard Bankole, the President of NANTA made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

“For tourism and hospitality industry to thrive and benefit the Nigerian economy there is need for the right awareness; the private sector has to drive the awareness creation supported by the government.

“The government is aware of the fact that tourism is capable of contributing positively to the growth of the country; the government needs us as their foot soldiers in tourism development.

“The government has different platforms for awareness creation, like radio, television and others; they should give us the opportunity to ride on these platforms to effectively sensitise Nigerians on the need to patronise local tourism.

According to the NANTA president, the government does not have business in managing activities that can be handle by the private sector adding “Government business is formulating and regulating policies.’’

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He maintained that government can equally involve in a public private partnership arrangement regarding tourism sites across the country.

Bankole stressed that private firms in developed countries were in charge of supplying guns, weapons and other products, wondering why such cannot be done in tourism in Nigeria.

“The government should allow the private sector to drive some of the initiatives by allowing us create awareness; the same awareness they created about oil made oil what it is today.

“If we do not create awareness about tourism, it cannot grow to a remarkable level of development that would bring in more revenue for the practitioners and government respectively.

“In the oil sector, we have the likes of Mobile, Oando, Total, Fo, and others; they are private companies; the government should help the tourism and hospitality sector to also flourish like them,’’ Bankole said.

He, however said NANTA’s relationship with Ministries of Aviation, Information and Culture has improve significantly adding that it was a sign of good things to come in the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

First storey in Nigeria records 7,433 visitors in 6 months

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The first storey in Nigeria located in Badagry, Lagos State, recorded 7,433 visitors from January 2017 to July 2017.

Mr Hodonu Daniel, the officer in charge of the building , told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry that the tourists that visited the 171-year-old structure in the first half of 2017 were higher this than those that did within the same period in 2016.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and was completed in 1845.

Daniel said, “We have been able to attract more tourists to this site because of its proper maintenance and our ability to preserve its originality.

“In the first six months of 2016; 3,767 people visited the monument compared to 7,433 visitors and tourists that visited in the first six months of this year.

“We are certain that the statistics will increase in the other half of the year due to the historic nature of the site and the willingness of people to always visit.’’

He advised Nigerians to be more patriotic by visiting the various monuments in the country.

“Nigerians should imbibe the habit of visiting the various museums and monuments in the country in order to boost tourism development in the country.

“Many Nigerians prefer to visit foreign countries’ monuments but forgetting that one of the ways to improve tourism in the country is by patronising our monuments,’’ he said.

Daniel advised the Federal Government to support the management in giving the building a facelift.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NTDC set to rebrand Nigeria with” Tour Nigeria” logo

 Nigerian Tourism Development Corporations (NTDC) has concluded plans to rebrand the country with “Tour Nigeria” logo to promote domestic tourism.

Mr Folarin Coker, the Director-General (D-G) of NTDC disclosed this at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos late on Saturday.

He said that the brand was an ambitious attempt at promoting tourism in Nigeria.

“It will showcase the vibrant and friendly energies of Nigerians through different creative expressions.

“ It will also leverage on our abundant power to celebrate our heritage and promote our natural and cultural tourism assets, destinations and people, ” he said.

Coker said that part of his mandate as he DG of NTDC was to reverse the negative impressions in the minds of the public about Nigerian Tourism.

It is also to galvanize commercial tourism, promote our diverse multicultural heritage, he said.

He listed others to include evolving new channels of tourism markets whilst promoting Nigeria in a positive light and shaping a positive perception of its citizens.

He added that the brand would leverage on the best of Nigeria.

“Nigerians are known to be intelligent and hardworking people.

“We are also known for our “can-do” and “never-say-never” attitudes, which are complemented by friendly and accommodating spirits.

“We are proudly the most populous black nation on earth; home to the second largest film industry on the globe whilst also being the fashion, technological and creative hub of Africa,”Coker said.

Coker said that in line with the corporation’s agenda to promote domestic and regional tourism, the “Tour Nigeria” brand was conceived to drive domestic consumption of our tourism assets and products.

It would also add to the nation’s GDP, create employment, and increase spending in the economy.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NTDC to partner airline operators on #MyAbujaweekend Project

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) says it will form a strong synergy with Airline Operators on its #MyAbujaweekend Project of Nigeria to ensure development and promotion of the Nigerian Tourism industry.

The Director-General of the corporation, Mr Folorunsho Coker made this known in a statement on during the week in Abuja.

According to him, the synergy, under the #MyAbujaweekend Project will promote domestic tourism in Nigeria and encourage Nigerians to take their holiday or weekend break within Nigeria.

He stressed that affordable air travel was indispensable in building the tourism economy.

According to him, the corporation will explore packaged tours and digital technology to drive the consumption of the tourism assets in the country.
The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation(NTDC), Mr. Folorunsho Coker(Left)  shaking hands with the Chairman, Airline Operators of Nigeria, Nogie Meggison during a courtesy visit to the Director General on partnership and promotion of domestic tourism in Nigeria held at the corporate headquarters  of the Corporation in Abuja recently.

“This is why NTDC finds it important to establish a strategic partnership with Airline Operators of Nigeria to create affordable air fares within inclusive packages in order to boost domestic tourism.

“ We seek discounted weekend airline tickets to Abuja to propel the success of ‘#MyAbujaWeekend’ Project, further encouraging the travel businesses and promote hospitality and tourism services in capital city of Nigeria,” he said.

The statement also said it would explore the travel, accommodation and entertainment/hospitality with the airlines, hotels, car hire services, tour operators and others to bring out affordable package tours to encourage Nigeria to tour Nigeria.

The NTDC boss, therefore, called for a conscious investment in the promotion of domestic tourism, appealing to relevant stakeholders to drive the market with a new brand TOUR NIGERIA.

Monday, July 3, 2017

ASKY Airlines to begin flights from Accra to Lagos, Abuja on July 10

ASKY Airlines on Monday said it would begin daily flight operations from Accra, Ghana to Lagos and Abuja from July 10.
ASKY’s Country Manager for Nigeria, Mr Simon Mobolaji, told newsmen in Lagos that the move was in line with the airline’s mission to seamlessly connect West and Central Africa and reduce the flying time to connect cities in the region.
Mobolaji said that with the new service, passengers would be able to connect these cities every day, departing in the morning and arriving later in the day.
He said: “We are particularly glad to introduce this service to serve our esteemed loyal customers who have long wanted these connections to happen.
“We thank them for their loyalty and patronage and can only introduce more convenient connections to meet their travel needs.
“Now they can fly their community airline not only to Dakar or Niamey or Abidjan, from the airline’s hub in Lome, but also fly to Accra directly from Lagos and to Abuja directly from Accra.”
According to him, the new route offers more capacity and flexibility with a significant reduction in flight time between Lagos, Accra, Abuja and the entire network of ASKY.
He said that with the airline’s schedule, a passenger could leave Abuja early in the morning for Accra and return to Abuja later in the evening via Lagos.
The country manager said: “Sales of tickets have since commenced with the travel agents and the airline’s offices making tickets available at very affordable airfares.
“In addition to this, ASKY also introduced additional baggage allowance which enables passengers travel with more baggage for less.
“Passengers in Economy class will have 40kg baggage allowance, while passengers in business class will be entitled to 50kg.

“This offer will be valid from July 10 to Oct. 2 on all flights on the new service.’’