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Tourism stakeholders tasked on development

By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA – Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, has  urged stakeholders in the  tourism industry to ensure that they are current with the development and best practices around the world.

The Minister stated this when  Hotel and Personal Services Employers’ Association (HOPESEA) executives led by its president Mr. Samuel Alabi visited him  in his office recently.

While noting that keeping abreast with best practices around the world will make the country a tourist destination, the minister disclosed that  the  tourism industry  now contributes  to the Gross Domestic Product of many nations.
The association visited the Minister to inform him about their planned national conference and to solicit the ministry’s support towards the event.

According to the Minister, “The tourism industry is gaining growing influence in the global market, contributing substantially to the economies and Gross Domestic Product of many countries. Every effort should therefore be put in place to ensure that our hotels, restaurants and similar establishments are tourist_friendly”.

He assured them, “The ministry is addressing the problems facing the hospitality sub_sector  such as: levies and imposts by the federal, states and local governments which raise operating costs; multiple and overlapping taxation regime; confusing and multiple licensing and controls; lack of grading and classification scheme of hotels in the country and  inadequate power and water supply.

“The hospitality sub_sector is very crucial to the development of tourism in Nigeria because the quality of tourists’ accommodation determines a great deal the volume of tourist’s inflow into the country. It is therefore important that our hotels and similar establishments should provide high quality services that will satisfy the yearnings of tourists who are looking for value for their money spent”.

Earlier in his speech, HOPESEA President , pledged the support of the association to the minister.
“Tourism is not only an economic multiplier, unlike petroleum; it is a veritable ingredient for nation’s building and physical growth. It opens up the rural areas to development and provides employment and income”.


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