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Nigeria prepares for WTM

Nigeria is gearing up to make  an unprecedented appearance at this year’s World Travel Market in London with a bigger pavilion and diverse products which would appeal to tourists wishing to visit Nigeria as well as investors in tourism sub sector of the economy.

Already, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation has acquired a bigger space for the erection of a pavilion befitting the emerging tourism market like Nigeria.In the last three years, Nigeria has progressively acquired bigger space for its pavilion.

  For example, between 2001 and 2006, Nigeria’s stand was usually not more than a mere 40 square metres but from 2007, the space increased from 55 square metres  to 58 in 2008 and 80 square metres in 2009.

With this development, Nigeria has overtaken many African  countries that normally participate at the World Travel market.

During the four-day WTM event, a World Press would be addressed by the Nigeria’s head of delegation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who is expected to appeal to tourists and investors to come to Nigeria particularly now that the  violence in Niger-Delta region has stopped.

: “I have always been telling potential tourists of their safety, Nigeria is very safe, no more kidnapping, no more violence” Otunba Runsewe said recently at a conference in Abuja.

In addition to a well repackaged pavilion, Otunba Runsewe said new promotional materials would be distributed at the event which host at least 200,000 visitors and businessmen in tourism, hospitality and travel industry from all over the world.The WTM kicks off at Excel Exhibition Centre London from November 9th to 12th 2009.


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