By Stellamaries Amuwa, Abuja
The director-general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Folorunsho Coker has expressed commitment to partner with the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) in order to achieve a redefinition of the tourism sector to bring about economic growth and development in the country.
He said this while addressing members of ANJET led by its president, Andrew Okungbowa, who paid a courtesy visit to the corporation’s headquarters in Abuja, recently.
The NTDC boss emphasised that journalism is key to the marketing and promotion of domestic tourism product pointing out that NTDC is the driving force of the tourism agenda for a sustainable tourism industry in Nigeria.
He said, “The domestic tourism market can yield revenue and jobs if packaged properly.”
Okungbowa, who earlier in his speech congratulated the director general on his new appointment also expressed gratitude for affording the group the rare opportunity to air their position on the current state of affairs in the tourism industry.
Okungbowa said, “Tourism remains a veritable industry for developing the country on all fronts because of its multiplier effects and the fact that it is the largest employer of labour.
On behalf of ANJET, he pledged to support the corporation in the promotion of domestic tourism which is the bedrock for economic development using journalism as tool for promotion of tourism activities in the country.