The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Friday urged stakeholders in the hospitality sector to join forces with the government to create a sustainable tourism sub-sector in the country.
Dr Garba Abari, the NOA’s Director-General, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
He said that tourism had the potential to grow and contribute significantly to the nation’s economy with the collective participation of all stakeholders.
Abari said that the competitive nature of the industry should propel the stakeholders to work together to make Nigeria a higher-value tourist destination.
He noted that the hospitality industry, over the years, had shown commitment to ensure a better service delivery, adding that the potential should be sustained to have a better sector.
“Tourism is a huge part of our economy and has the potential to contribute significantly to our national economy.
“There is no over-stating how challenging and competitive the hospitality sector is. It means that we need to collectively make Nigeria a higher-value tourist destination.
“ We need to respond to the world as it changes, to improve the business environment and work more closely with one another,’’ Abari said.
He also called on stakeholders to synergise to repositioning the sector to attract more local and international visitors to the country.
Abari said this would increase earnings for the sector as well as proffer solutions to the challenges confronting the hospitality sector.
He said that the collaboration would ensure that hospitality sector contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), create wealth to alleviate poverty and generate employment.
“With the spirited effort of all stakeholders in the sector, Nigeria will in the shortest time possible join the league of nations reaping the inexhaustible benefit of the sector.’’