By Jimoh Babatunde
Experts in the hospitality sector of the tourism industry have urged the government at the various levels to look into the development of the sector for the needed foreign exchange as the revenue from oil can no longer sustained the desire development expected in the country.
Tourism they said has the capacity to attract investors from different part of the world to consider Nigeria as a right destination for investment if properly developed.
Speaking ahead of this year’s ‘Nigeria Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference 2015’ (NHTIC) in Lagos during the week, the organisers of the conference explained that they chose the theme ‘Nigeria Tourism Industry: catalyst for economic diversification’, because they believe that the best area to start diversification of the economy is tourism.
Brian Efa, Managing Partner, Jonel Hospitality Consulting, the organisers of the conference, noted that the theme is topical and timely, especially now that Nigeria economy is down due to the over reliance on oil.
For him, the conference is the veritable platform for government and private sector to partner in developing tourism and hospitality to a sustainable revenue earning status.
“At the NHTIC 2015 event, you will have the opportunity to present your project to investors and hotel management company who may be interested in managing or investing in your project. It is an event where networking has a key role through different activities that promote the possibility of interacting with key industry players”, Efa said.
The conference will be a focal point for investors, hotel owners, lenders, hotel chain executives, financial advisor, real estate developers, architects, consultants, tourism and hospitality experts to cross fertilize ideas. It will also be an outstanding venue for networking and ideal exhibition place to commence, negotiate and strike a business deal.