L-R Sylvester Olobor, NANTA Executive Secretary, 2nd Deputy national president and presidential hopeful, NANTA Mrs Susan Akporiaye, Taiwo Oludayo and Internal Auditor, Mr Chima Ihe at the news conference in Lagos. Photo: Nosa Aituamen (Radio Nigeria).
The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA, says Nigeria has a lot to sell to the world through its tourism industry to earn more foreign exchange.
At a news conference in Lagos, the second Deputy National President of NANTA, Mrs Susan Akporiaye said Nigeria has a unique culture that the world would like to see if well packaged.
According to her, the food, fashion, music and festivals can attract the world to Nigeria, adding that there was the need to identify the areas of strength and sell to the world.
Mrs Akporiaye who is a presidential hopeful in the forth-coming 44th Annual General Meeting of NANTA stressed that the Association is partnering the Federal Government, concerned individuals and associations in the package of tours to present the country as a complete destination that would open doors for local actors in tourism management to do business internationally.
“When an American or European you tell him things of Rwanda, he is going to go and see gorillas, don’t they have gorillas in America? So why are they trouping to Rwanda? Because the gorillas there are in their natural habitat, that’s their big selling and what is our own selling point, let’s sell it. Food tourism, let’s push it out there, let’s promote it, fashion, music. You see white Europeans dance to our music, you won’t believe it, so you can imagine you having a music festivals as part of our tourism event in Nigeria, who is who all over the world will come.”
Internal Auditor of NANTA, Mr Chima Ihe emphasized that their marketing of the tourism industry to the outside world would yield positive results if the government could address the issues of bad roads and insecurity.