Nigeria's Ambassador to Spain, Bianca Ojukwu, expressed delight at the Nigerian stand at the tourism trade fair popularly called FITUR Madrid, during the week. According to the Ambassador, the structure erected by the Nigerian delegation led by the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe was eye catching and aesthetically attractive.
FITUR is one of the biggest travel trade fairs in the world with over 150 nations participating and attended by more than 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 who participated in the opening ceremony later returned to the Nigerian stand where she had an exhaustive discussion with Runsewe besides commending his efforts in translating his visions into realities over the years in the tourism sector.
She expressed the commitment of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to continue to partner with tourism related organisations and institutions because 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 investments 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.
Runsewe thanked the Ambassador especially for commending the initiatives of the corporation in making possible a beautiful outing that has afforded the country the opportunity to showcase its potential and artefacts.