Nigeria woos foreign investors to tourism

Solomon Chung, Abu Dhabi

A number of tourism investors have indicated interest to come into Nigeria for the purpose of investment in the tourism and culture sector.

The country’s Information and Culture Minister, Mr Lai Mohammed who met with some investors on Sunday at the Nigerian embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, revealed that Nigeria is strategically and deliberately working towards putting the country’s tourism potentials on the global stage.

The Minister also told the investors that considering the huge population asset, the country’s immediate attention and energy would be in the area of domestic tourism which would naturally precipitate international tourism.

“We are working round the clock to put our country’s tourism potentials on the global stage. We are presently working with the United Nation World Tourism Organisation to revive the country’s tourism master plan which embeds so many other elements to develop the sector.”

“Nigeria offers an array of opportunity in the sector with great political will to make the environment enabling for investors,” he added.

One of the investors from the United Arab Emirates, Mr Mohammed Hammadi said Nigeria’s potentials in culture and tourism is huge and must be harnessed.

He then advised that just like his country, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria must shift her attention away from oil and focus on some other areas.

“Nigeria shares a lot of similarities with the UAE and other gulf countries in the area of oil and aged long trade relationship. Another strength Nigeria has is the fact that it is a multi-religious country which indicates tolerance. That alone is strength.”

He said he will bring some investors to Nigeria by first quarter of 2017 to analyse the potentials with a view to invest.

One his part Mr Daniel Weihrauch, a German investor said Nigeria has strength and potentials in the area of domestic tourism and his team would focus on that.

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