It’s Good That Nigerians Are Barred From Dubai, Other Countries – Nigeria’s Tourism Boss Says

The Nigerian authorities via the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has stated the restriction of Nigerians from travelling overseas is a blessing to the nation’s economic system and home tourism.

Folarin Coker, NTDC’s boss, made the assertion in Abuja on Wednesday.

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“If Dubai Emirate Airline is not coming to Nigeria, Nigerians will not pack their naira, change it into dollars to go and buy tickets,” Mr Coker stated.

The governments of Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates have been engaged in a diplomatic spat going by the latter’s set of stringent measures to disclaim Nigerians free entry to their nation, citing COVID-19 considerations.

Though the Nigerian authorities insists Nigerians have the rights to journey to the Arabian gulf beneath extant worldwide legal guidelines, its prime tourism official calls UAE’s bluff, saying it can save Nigeria the a lot wanted foreign exchange to spice up native economic system.

“We pay a foreign airline to go to a foreign country and stay in a foreign hotel. The naira is N510 to one dollar; let Nigerians stay at home and learn to appreciate the country,’’ he argued.

Coker spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on the level of the corporation’s preparation toward the South-South Stakeholders Interactive Forum.

Themed “The Use of Digital Technology to Revamp the Tourism and Hospitality Industry amid COVID-19 and Security Challenges in Nigeria,” the discussion board is scheduled to be held between August 26 and August 27 in Calabar.

Speaking additional, the director-general stated that the restriction of individuals from travelling overseas as a consequence of COVID-19 had boosted home tourism as most Nigerians not traveled in another country.

According to him, Nigerians now search for different locations throughout the nation to loosen up and spend their holidays or weekends.

“There are no foreign holidays now, we are all going to enjoy our local music, film, food, fashion, theatre and dance. I think COVID-19 has done the Nigerian tourism industry good,” he stated.

Coker stated the NTDC would take the message of home tourism via the usage of expertise to the upcoming South-South Stakeholders interactive discussion board in Calabar.

According to him, the concept is to encourage the stakeholders within the tourism business to make sure their companies are pushed by expertise.

“We are trying to encourage the stakeholders in the entire value chain of the tourism ecosystem that there is a new way and is driven by technology.

“So, we are encouraging them to take advantage of technology to promote domestic tourism.

“There is the need for them to show Nigerians what is good in the country to stand a chance with our own tourism assets rather than something abroad,” Coker stated. 

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