Mr Patty Inemeh, a tourism expert on Monday said that lack of capital and poor infrastructure, are the major factors hindering tourism growth in Nigeria.
Inemeh who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja said others are political instability and insecurity.
He alleged that the government was not doing enough to support potential investors adding that the sector was capital intensive.
“Lack of capital is normally a big challenge because any individual who wants to invest in this industry must have money as well as other resources such as land and labour.
“ The government does not give enough support to this industry, especially in terms of allocation of funds.
“Potential investors are also not given the needed encouragement.
“Nigeria has very poor roads that hinder access to areas rich in wildlife and this has resulted in further drawbacks in the industry,’’ Inemeh said.
He also said political instability and insecurity in the country are issues of concern to tourists and this can trigger a rethink on the minds of international tourists visiting the country.
“Insecurity issues, tribal clashes, Boko Haram insurgents, herdsmen and farmers’ attacks have also posed a threat to the industry.
“There is also a need to improve social services such as providing sporting and recreational facilities while also improving the health care delivery system,” he said.
He said most of the tourist sites are located in the remote areas of the country and since these facilities are usually lacking in such areas, they become unavailable to would-be visitors.
Inemeh also said low level of technology and destruction of wildlife has also been a challenge.
“In most cases, these tourist areas do not have telephone and Internet services and sure in this communication age, no body want to be so stranded from civilisation in such a way.
“For tourists from developed countries, these conditions are difficult to cope with and make Nigeria unattractive to them,’’ Inemeh said.
He urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the private sector to join hands with tourism and hospitality industry for the nation to access the huge benefits that abounds in the sector.
Inemeh, a former member of the House of Representative, currently serves as the Senior Special Adviser on culture to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.