Nigeria’s main focus during this year’s edition of the Arabian Travel Market is to woo investors from around the world to invest in the tourism sub-sector of the economy, the Director-General, NTDC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said.
Nigeria which is the most populous country in Africa has a huge market to be tapped and a vast array of yet to be fully explored tourist attractions. With a 700 kilometre long white sand beach, the country has the potentials of becoming a favoured destination for surfing and other water sports as well as hospitality businesses particularly along the coastline, he added.
Accordingly to Runsewe ,his main focus in Dubai this year would be on how investors would come on board to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in the country.
Last month during the ITB Berlin, several investors showed tremendous interest in investing in Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality sub-sector with eyes on resorts and sports tourism.
One of the investors particularly pointed at sports tourism for which he said Nigeria has a clear advantage.
Runsewe, himself a golfer had always maintained that sport tourism particularly golf and football pose a tremendous advantage for Nigeria, private individuals, corporate bodies are building golf courses around the country, stating further that in the last two years alone 15 golf courses of international standards have sprung up around the country.