1 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Using Tourism to Attract Investments, Says Ojukwu

The Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, has said that the tourism sector is one of the major areas that the President Goodluck Jonathan government is using to attract investments and boost the country's economy.

Ojukwu, who disclosed during her visit to the Nigerian stand at the ongoing FITUR Madrid, a tourism trade fair, after attending the opening ceremony of the tourism trade fair, commended the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr. Segun Runsewe, for keying into the President's transformation agenda, especially in the area of ecotourism.

Fitur prides as one of the biggest trade fair in the world with over 150 nations participating and attended by over 100,000 people.

It is a platform where participating nations showcase their products and discuss with potential investors which in turn could improve their different economies.

Ojukwu said the Jonathan administration would continue to partner tourism-related organisations and institutions as they have emerged as a veritable platform capable of alleviating poverty and improving the economic status of the country.

According to her, "Having gone round the fair, I want to state that the Nigerian stand is impressive and eye-catching. With a big logo proclaiming Nigeria with an inscription 'Tourism is Life', and painted in our national colours, it is obvious that this concept will endear exhibitors and tourists to our stand."

The inscription encapsulates the essence of tourism indeed because tourism is life.

"Nigeria is proud to showcase her rich cultural heritage and with Runsewe, the message is clear which is making Nigeria a preferred destination for tourism. This administration has taken a lot of steps to facilitate investment because the nation has a lot to offer especially with focus on ecotourism. We wish to expand the frontiers of tourism and enlarge our business coast to improve our economy," Ojukwu said.

Runsewe thanked the Ambassador for commending the initiatives of the corporation in making possible a beautiful outing that has afforded the country opportunity to showcase its potential and artifacts to the world.

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