The Arabian Travel Market Â Â 2010, an exhibition showcasing travel and tourism industry in the region, has opened TuesdayÂ at the Dubai World Trade Center with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in attendance.
The event was inaugurated Tuesday by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai.
The number of participants in the 2010 edition of Arabian Travel Market is 15 percent higher than previous year, according to organisers.
As part of the preparation for a grand celebration of Nigeriaâ€˜s 50th independence anniversary, an invitation has been extented to international tourism practitionals in the Arab Gulf States.
Giving the invitation at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market(ATM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe disclosed that the Arabian States are very important to Nigeria to be ignored, as they are practically friendsÂ in the economic and diplomatic circles.
While speaking to journalists at the sideline of the largest tourism fair in the Arab world, Runsewe disclosed, â€˜most of them have long history of religion, economic and diplomatic ties with Nigeria , they are our friends, so we can not ignore them.â€
Otunba Runsewe said â€œthis invitation is not limited to the Arab world alone but we are also extending it to north and south America, western eastern Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.â€RunseweÂ stated.
According to Runsewe, who is also a member of the National Planning Committee of the Nigeriaâ€˜s golden independence anniversary celebration, slated for October 1, 2010,â€there are strategic plan ongoing to package and showcase our people, culture and rich tourism heritage and potential to the world.