Key sectors strategise to boost domestic tourism

Solomon Chung, Lagos

The Nigerian tourism and aviation sectors have strategically synergised to boost domestic tourism across the country.

The Minister of  Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the idea when finalised would hinge on domestic airline, reducing air fares at weekends within the country while government cuts down taxes on such tickets, all for the growth of tourism.

He was speaking at the second quarter of the Aviation Safety Initiative Roundtable in Lagos on Thursday.

Boosting domestic tourism
“The initiative as proposed by the Airline owners Association of Nigeria would boost domestic tourism which is our primary target before moving to international.

“Government is also focused on rebuilding massive infrastructure and creating a friendly environment for things to thrive especially with the ease of doing business initiative…When all these are put in place they have the ability to catalyze development,” Mr Mohammed explained.

The Minister also applauded the involvement of Private sector in development both in the tourism and aviation sectors.

The first guess speaker at the event, Dr wale Babalakin said for Nigeria to have a befitting Aviation sector many things must be put in place.

Dr Babalakin summarised them to include; Policy consistency, man power development and integrity from the side of both investors and government.

Multiple taxation

To the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema the issue of multiple taxations must be checked through legislation and competent service delivery on the side of relevant agencies.

He said double digit loan was not healthy for the aviation business.

“If some of these issues are left unchecked, soon the Nigeria Aviation industry would seize to exist,’’ he added.

This year’s second quarter roundtable topic was Aviation as catalyst for economic growth.

Mercy Chukwudiebere