The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, has urged the Nigerian community in Spain to promote Nigerian culture and its tourism attractions to enhance socio economic development.
Addressing Nigerians who came out en mass to receive the Nigerian delegation to the FITUR tourism and trade exhibition in Madrid on Tuesday, Runsewe said
that the Nigerians in Diaspora should collaborate with the NTDC in the promotion and marketing of the nationâ€™s tourism attractions.
He said that Nigeria â€˜s diversified cultural heritage and other investment potentials needed marketing..
â€œ You all should be good ambassadors of Nigeria and encourage activities that would promote the influx of tourists and investment in the country,Â´Â´ he said.
He said that the NTDC was participating in the FITUR to consolidate the gains the corporation made in attracting tourists and investors from other international tourism events.
â€œWe have to tell the participants that Nigeria is safe for tourists and investors,Â´Â´ he said.
Runsewe applauded the delegation fortheir patriotism and support in creating a platform to coordinate and promote the Nigerian tourism brand internationally.
He assured the Nigerians of the total commitment of the NTDC in promoting tourism activities in the six geo political zones of the country in order to attract tourists to Nigeria , thereby positioning the country as the destination of choice in Africa .
He enjoined them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria by projecting the good image of the country at all times through their conduct and activities in Spain .
He noted that that as ambassadors of Nigeria outside the country, they are the first public contact with any potential visitor to Nigeria , who may be encouraged or discouraged by their conduct.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Pius Okpoma, the Coordinator of Nigerians in the Diaspora (NIDO) expressed satisfaction with the effort of Runsewe in showcasing the countryâ€™s tourism potential through tourism fairs and exhibitions around the world.
He expressed enthusiasm on the Nigeria â€˜s outstanding exhibition pavilion, describing it as a through reflection of the countryâ€™s colour and potentials.
He acknowledged the aggressive marketing style of the NTDC to showcase Nigeriaâ€˜s rich tourism potentialities to the world, particularly to the Spanish market.
He, however, disclosed that the practical commitment and determination of Nigerians at home had encouraged people in Diaspora to reciprocate the gesture by promoting tourism.
In his remarks, Mr. Dayo Wilson, Secretary of the NIDO, urged the NTDC to fast track the cooperationâ€™s plan to establish a tourism office in Spain .
He said that such a platform would serve as a veritable forumÂ for tourists and investors to have a one stopÂ information about Nigeria .
â€œThe Spanish people would be very interested in our tourism potentials, which are still unique and authentic,Â´Â´ he said.ï»¿