Leadership (Abuja)

4 February 2013

Nigeria, Kuwait to Sign Pact On Tourism Exchange Programme

Nigeria's determination to cut deep into the global tourism traffic received a boost in Madrid, Spain, when Nigeria and the State of Kuwait agreed to sign a pact that will drive this initiative, a statement from Nigeria's tourism office said.

"Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, who led the Nigerian delegation to the meeting at the FITUR exhibition, discussed the numerous business opportunities in the country, especially with a high population of Muslim faithful in Nigeria, that would be of immense economic benefits to both nations."

He added that Nigeria was a veritable platform for cultural tourism, ecotourism, sports tourism and many more aspects of the economy. He called on Kuwaiti businessmen to come and invest in Nigeria, because Nigeria was a country where they can have quick and long-term returns on their investments particularly in the area of tourism.

Director of Tourism for the State of Kuwait, Majda Sh. Behbhani revealed that her country is keen on opening new frontiers in business and tourism and have discovered Nigeria as a new preferred destination and as such pleaded with Runsewe to facilitate the deal as soon as possible. Behbhani added that "the State of Kuwait is always willing to partner with nations with potential and opportunities like Nigeria and coupled with the weather condition in Nigeria, their tourists would be more comfortable with the programme."

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