Nigeria has joined other countries to mark World Tourism Day on September 27.
According to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Tourism and Jobs, a better future for all”
Speaking on a special programme to mark the celebration of the day, experts in tourism advocated the need for key stakeholders to take the comparative advantage in tourism.
This is to showcase the potentials in the sector to international community and boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the country.
The Director, Hotels and Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Kwara State, Mrs. Rosemary Ajoke-Ajayi said the purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
The Deputy Director, Promotion and Marketing, Kwara State Tourism Board, Mrs. Esther Bolaji Onietan noted that there are potentials that abound in the sector, capable of creating millions of job opportunities for numerous unemployed youths in the country.
Mrs. Onietan explained that for instance, there are about one hundred tourists’ sites across the 16 local government areas of the State.
She pointed out that investment into the sector required Public-Private-Partnership initiatives since government alone could no longer shoulder the responsibility.
While speaking on the state of tourist sites in the State, the Acting General Manager of Kwara State Tourism Board, Mallam Haruna Babamadu, stressed the need for government to urgently focus attention on Owu Fall, Patigi-Regata, Gani Festival as well as other notable cultural and tourist sites in the State due to their economical advantage.
Mallam Babamadu said Nigeria’s government can develop tourism as it is done in Brazil to diversify the country’s economy, by making roads to these tourist sites accessible for would-be investors and provide necessary infrastructural facilities