Tourism expo to showcase Nigeria’s assets, says organiser
Mr Ayo Omotoso, the Chief Organiser of Destination Tourism Night, says that the expo will serve as an avenue to showcase Nigeria’s tourism assets to the rest of the world.
Omotoso, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Travelogue Communications Ltd, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday that the aim would be “connecting values.
“The more our people cross paths, the better our social, cultural and economic life becomes.
“It will also connect destination values, people from different backgrounds, race and culture together, ” he said.
Omotoso said that the one-day expo would hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Sept. 22.
According to him, Destination Tourism Night is an expository digital tourismtainment, which will savour the offerings of different tourism destinations around the world and Nigeria.
“Our focus is to showcase the hidden tourism destinations in Nigeria to the world.
“ We will achieve that through a digital platform, so that participants can appreciate and savour the tourism offerings of all these notable sites,” he said.
Omotoso said that the expo would be used be an opportunity to send signals to local and international investors, tourists, public and private sectors about the huge tourism potential in the country.
“Some call domestic tourism low hanging fruits but to me, it goes beyond that. It is a virgin sector opened for development and investment.
“It opens up new worlds, new vistas and greater understanding. There are lots of people who have not visited some of the tourism sites in the country.
“The expo will encourage Nigerians and international tourists and investors to visit the numerous tourism sites that the country is blessed with it,” he said.
He said that South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and some other neighbouring countries as well as members of the diplomatic corps would be expected to participate in the event.
He urged the Federal Government to improve on tourism infrastructure and other basic amenities needed to facilitate domestic tourism development.
“Successive governments must use tourism as an instrument to eradicate poverty but to create employment.
“Government should also encourage public and private partnership for tourism to thrive in the country, ” he said.