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‘Tourism best option for increased GDP ‘

The Director-General     of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has stressed that tourism is the only elixir that could increase our Gross Domestic Product. He disclosed this recently in Abuja while briefing journalists on the activities of the apex tourism regulatory body.

He said that tourism has taken the front burner of every country that is serious with the growth of its economy.  According to him, Gambia has increased its revenue from tourism by 35 per cent and that British Airways now operates some African routes solely on tourism interest.

The NTDC boss stated that in line with the need to make the movement of tourists less cumbersome, the corporation in collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service had concluded plans to introduce a tourist visa.

He also disclosed that NTDC and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) are in collaboration to bring our airports to world class standard. To this end, he stressed that soon it would be difficult for anybody to sell in the airports without clearance from NTDC.  He added that NTDC officials and FAAN would soon meet to perfect the strategy of making the airports inviting.

The NTDC helmsman also affirmed that the corporation has perfected plans to build a stronger IT component of enlightenment in order to cope with the ever increasing global challenges facing the industry.

Otunba Runsewe who described the registration exercise recently embarked upon by NTDC as a huge success, however stated that the corporation would engage the services of consultants to make the entire exercise more result oriented and holistic. He pointed out that if the essence of the exercise is achieved, it would drastically help to reduce crime. His words: “I believe this will help us to build a strong profile”.

He further intimated that “there is a new wind blowing, NTDC is clamping down on fraudulent tourism operators.”  He explained that a lot of such illegal tourism outfits abound and that the corporation would leave no stone unturned to clamp down on them. He stressed that the era of paying lip service to tourism was over, that every hand must be on deck to make the industry thrive.

The NTDC boss also announced that on 11th October this year, the corporation would launch the first ever National dress brand in Lagos. According to him, this would encourage the culture of patronizing made in Nigeria fabrics, encourage Nigeria design and our tailors.


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