The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the members of the Federal Executive Council for introducing a new visa regime.
In a statement in Abuja, Runsewe said the introduction of the new visa regime was a bold step that was long awaited as it would open the floodgate for inbound tourists who are desirous of visiting Nigeria.
The NTDC boss said the tourism sub-sector of the economy received the news with great joy and a sigh of relief as the country would derive huge benefit from the international tourist traffic particularly from Asia, Europe and the Americas.
“Our job has been made easier now as the old visa regime was seen as a great obstacle for potential tourists into Nigeria, as we always receive complaints each time we travel abroad on official engagements by foreigners about their inability to secure visas”, he stated.
According to the new visa regime, some visitors would obtain their visas at the point of entry especially the international airports while some of them would now be issued visas for short stay, long term of up to 10 years, temporary stay, permanent residence, investment and skill transfer visa.