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14th November, 2012.
Source- NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has formally registered the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATWOWATON) as a component of tourism in the country.

The endorsement was made at the Tourism Village in Abuja when executive members of the Association led by its president, Mr. G S (Tarzan) Balogun paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe.
Speaking during the meeting, Runsewe said, “The association is now formally registered as a legal body now operating in the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The official registration would be followed up with the presentation of certificate according to the NTDC boss. Otunba Runsewe observed that he was delighted to have the delegation in his office, stressing the need to have more private investors in the boat transport system as it will go a long way in impacting on the overall economy while ensuring that Nigeria’s roads last longer.

As a follow up, the NTDC chief also promised to expose members on international tours as a way of keeping them abreast of international standards in the industry. He charged the boat management to intensify efforts at several fronts citing the Olympics as an instance where the system could introduce swimmers who would do Nigeria proud especially given the lack of competition in that area.

He assured of NTDC’s readiness to work with the association in developing boat transport experience for tourists in the country. On his part, the president of the visiting group, thanked Otunba Runsewe for obliging them on the request for formal registration and for consistently fulfilling various promises made especially with the provision of life jackets for the association.

US returns 11 cultural artefacts to Nigeria
26th July, 2012.
Source- FOX NEWS

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The United States has returned 11 cultural artefacts to Nigeria. Authorities said French customs officials tipped off the U.S. in April 2010 about a shipment headed to New York’s Kennedy Airport.

The 10 Nok statues and a carved tusk were seized from a Manhattan gallery owner, and an investigation determined they were bona fide antiquities. The artefacts are to be displayed in Nigeria’s national museum.

Nok statues are about 2,000 to 2,500 years old, among the oldest sculptures in West Africa. They were first unearthed in 1943 at a tin mine near the village of Nok in Plateau State.

Homeland Security investigators say two Nok statues and a carved ivory tusk were previously seized at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

At a repatriation ceremony held at Homeland Security Investigation offices on the west side of Manhattan on Thursday, Nigeria’s Consul General Habib Baba Habu, took legal possession of the terracotta sculptures, which he said had been stolen from the National Museum.

“It is the day that America has extended a gift of friendship that we will never forget,” he said.

On display for the ceremony were seven pieces of figurines, which resembled bits of cylindrical gingerbread men thanks to the orange hue of the terracotta. The two best preserved pieces, a head and torso, and a pair of legs standing on a pedestal, appeared to have once belonged to a single figure.

All are the work of the Nok culture, which existed within what would become Nigeria from more than 2,000 years ago, before disappearing in the early centuries of the first millennium.

Each of the six terracotta heads bore a distinctive face, which is typical of Nok sculpture, Habu said, explaining that the ancient artisans drew from individual people in normal life, depicting them riding horses or donkeys, for example, or with farm tools.

Nok artisans were prolific, many similar figurines have left Nigeria, Habu said: “Many of them are at museums all over the world, some were taken out legally.”

Nigeria has laws that control the export of Nok pieces; however, the sculptures have flooded out of the country. In the 1990s, so many reached the European art market that the prices dropped sharply, according to a New York Times article in 2000.

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Bayelsa to develop Ox-Bow Lake as a Tourist Site.
By Nan. 234next.com,  4th Feb., 2011.

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Director general of the Bayelsa State Tourism and Publicity Bureau, Macaulay Jokori, has said that government will develop the Ox-Bow Lake in Yenagoa to attract local and foreign tourists.

Mr. Jokori disclosed that “billions of naira have been earmarked for the project this year.” He explained that the project would generate revenue for the state and create employment for youth.

The DG added that the Atlantic Beach in Okopama, Brass local government area of the state, is also receiving attention from government. He said the beach would be modernised to attract both local and international tourists.

He further disclosed that the bureau would soon partner with private investors to develop the sector, stressing that “Bayelsa is richly endowed with sites that can easily attract tourists.” The Ox-Bow Lake is a natural landscape in the Swali suburb of Yenagoa. It is designed for relaxation and houses recreational facilities.

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Tourism Potentials must Compete with Oil Sector- Akran of Badagry
By Wale Olapade. The Nigerian Tribune,  6th April, 2011.

Nigerian Tribune

I am leaving this land,  my spirit leaves with me. I shall not come back now, my shackles do not break. It is the shackles that hold the ship down. My ancestors bear me witness, I shall not return. This land shall depart, my soul do not revolt. My spirit goes along with me. I depart to that land unknown. I shall not return.”

These were the magical words that slaves being ferried away through the Badagry slave port in the  days of slavery were compelled to recite after drinking water from the charmed well along the route of the point of no return: which, was supposed to quench the thirst of the slaves, but rather wiped off their memory never to remember or even retrace their origin.

In this manner,  thousands of slaves were taken away to unknown destinations: some died from, sickness,  killings, rape and unimaginable on the farms and plantations in the Americas, Portugal and other slaves camps  around the world.

Fate  on the side of other slaves who painstakingly managed to survive and were freed after the abolition of slave trade now form cluster of Diaspora African descent leaving in some parts of the world.

However, Badagry being one of the major slave routes, which habour the vlekete slaves market, remains of slave merchant(Sariki Abbas), slave port, heritage museum, the route to the point of no return and the slaves spirit attenuation well, among others, has, from time to time attracted a number of domestic and international tourists.

Also, the most recent was the nomination of the Badagry slave route as one the 25 sites voted by the public for the Seven Wonders of Nigeria expedition, which was initiated last year by the programme coordinator, Naija 7 and publisher African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine, Mr. Ikechi Uko.

The nomination was another step by well- meaning Nigerians to show their support and readiness to embrace and move the promotional pace of developing specific tourism sites to market Nigeria as a preferred destination.

Last week Thursday,  over 20-man expedition team of the Naija 7, on the invite of the Akran of Badagry, Oba Aholu Menu Toyi visited the tourist enclave of Badagry slave route in furtherance of the search for the Seven Wonders of Nigeria.

The adventure which took the team along the slave route to the point of no return, with the curator giving a step by step account of the magnitude of sufferings meted on the slaves from the Vlekete slave market to the Badagry slave port then to the other side of the lagoon where the slaves would slog on beach sand for almost three kilometres, partake in the attenuation ritual to the point where they would be ferried in a ship to an unknown destination gave some of the expedition team mental torture as they all at a point in time rained curses on the slave masters.

One good thing about the exploration was that the Naija 7 team were able to return from the point of no return. How they made it, still remain a mystery, but some believed that it was because they did not drink from the spirit well of attenuation even when some recited the inscription on the well.

Speaking on the purpose of the visit, the coordinator, Naija 7, Mr. Uko acknowledged the cooperation and effort of the people of Badagry at preserving and promoting the antiquities and history of the slave trade which he added had contributed to the nomination of Badagry as one of the 25 sites voted for  Naija 7.

According to Uko, “The visit to Badagry by the team was not only to see the tourism potentials but also to reassess and package it for the public who have voted it as one of the 25 shortlisted sites.

“We are doing this for future generation to behold, appreciate and preserve. We have great advantage in tourism. We cannot develop everything at a go, so we have to select few among all the wonderful sites in different parts of Nigeria and develop them for domestic and international patronage.

Reciprocating the gesture, the Akran of Badagry, expressed great enthusiasm for the team’s visit to the slave trade route, describing it as another step to bringing Badagry to limelight.

Oba Toyi said that the Seven Wonders of Nigeria will enable the country to open up to the world but called on the Federal Government to device means of using the rich tourism potentials to earn much more to the development of the nation.

Citing example of countries which have made tourism a strong hold of its economy, the Akran  said that countries like Kenya, the Gambia andSouth Africa among others are making much from games reserve the same way Nigeria is making it in the oil sector.

“Our tourism potentials which are inexhaustible should be harnessed to compete and generate revenue like the oil sectors. It is not too late to start; at least if they start now, in the nearest future Nigeria tourism strength will surpass others.

“It is high time in Nigeria we started harnessing our tourism potential to drive our economy because oil will not be there forever. We should think of having another source of earnings the way we do in oil.”

Oba Toyi, who also saw national parks in Nigeria as one of the biggest advantages of tourism, emphatically called on the Federal Government to invest in the exploration of  wildlife in Nigeria which has different species of endangered games in the world to boost tourists’ patronage and income.

“Your mission is the best for Badagry, I thank you for the  initiative and I hope something great will come out of it in the end. The governments of Cross River and Akwa Ibom are good examples of states that have taken giant strides in the development of tourism. They started very well nd they  will succeed.

“In Lagos the Black Heritage Festival will also promote greatly the tourism potentials and destination.”
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Governor Fayemi Opens up Arinta Waterfalls

The new governor of Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayeimi has opened up the Arinta Waterfalls in Ipole-Iloro as an attraction destination and provided jobs for the jobless youths in the area. The first phase of the development of the site has been completed and this includes a befitting revenue office, gate house, security fencing and erection of five relaxation huts for  tourists. The administration, among many other bold steps and developmental initiatives, also shifted attention to the neglected Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort.
In order to make the tourism sector a profit-earning one, the Fayemi administration created a Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism and appointed a substantive commissioner to man it as well as appointed a professional as special adviser on tourism development. A budgetary provision of N146 million has been made for the development in tourism. According to a top official of the administration, “the present government believes that if the tourist sites are developed, they are capable of generating billions of naira for the state annually. The government has therefore decided to partner with the private sector to fully develop the sector so as to generate revenue, create employment and alleviate poverty at the grass roots.”
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CROCODILE ROAMING FREE IN AJAH, VICTORIA ISLAND- Naijatreks moves into action

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Residents of Greenville estate along Badore road in Ajah, Victoria Island, Lagos; have been sighting an errant crocodile roaming free in an artificial lake within the estate. The 990m2 Lake, which appears to have been formed by local subsidence in underlying lithology of the area, had overtime constituted a threat to the estate road along which it is located, as it often overflows and flood the untarred road during the raining season. There are signs of pre-existing construction attempts on the land, marked by relics of uncompleted fence at the middle of the lake.
On Saturday, 5th February, 2011, at about 2:00pm in the afternoon, a resident again sighted crocodile sun-tanning on a small piece of land at the middle of the lake and again called the attention of people around to the situation. It was at this point that Naijatreks got wind of the information and made contact with the eye witness, Mr. Taye (name withheld on request), who again narrated his story of how he was shocked to see a crocodile roaming free in an estate inhabited by hundreds of people. “This poses a great danger to the people living in Green Ville Estate. I have once heard of the presence of the wild animal in the estate but I didn’t believe it until I saw it myself. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I almost thought I was in a zoo or a wild-life park of some sort. I was on my way back home from V.I. when I saw it. The sun was high in the sky, so I guess it came out to sun-tan. Although it is not a very big crocodile, nevertheless, it is wild and it must be speedily evacuated from the premises so as to avert any incidence”.
On a visit to the location, the connection of the lake to a nearby creek on the other side of the estate road gives credence to the possibility of a crocodile gaining access to- and subsisting in the lake habitat. As much as the existence of the crocodile constitutes a menace to human life in the area, it must also be noted that animal is only responding naturally to the threat of human encroachment on its habitat (the nearby creeks). Naijatreks Foundation has taken up the task of seeing to the successful evacuation of the errant crocodile from the lake, by establishing a direct correspondence with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on a possible and immediate rescue and transfer of the errant animal to the nearby Lekki Conservation Centre.

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- Satellite image of Ajah area of Victoria Island. (Red Circle showing the Crocodile Lake and Red arrow showing near-by lagoon creek as likely source-habitat.

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Naijatreks on Spotlight
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AllOndostate.com aims to provide alternative viewpoints, analysis and thoughts on all things Ondo state. Naijatreks is their featured spotlight for the month.

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NCF, Ondo Govt Flag off Osse River Parks

Osse River, Nigeria

The full implementation of Ifon Forest Reserve now Osse River Parks Project embarked upon by the Ondo State Government and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has begun. To flag off the project, a sensitization programme was conducted with visits to the communities of the Project area between 4th and 10th of August, 2010.

Speaking during the visitation to the communities (Ifon, Ikaro, Ipele, Ido-Ani, Ijebu-Owo, Elegbeka and Oriohen), as part of flagging off Ceremony, the Ondo State Commissioner for Natural Resources, Prince Solagbade Amodemi said that, it was necessary to sensitize the communities around and within Ifon Forest Reserve on the development programme planned for the project while seeking their support for successful implementation of the plan.
“The Ondo State Government has considered it necessary to have forum like this to further enlighten you and at the same time call for your unalloyed cooperation to make the project come to reality. I need to sound a note of warning to people who are currently involving in illegal activities in the proposed Game Reserve to leave immediately or face the wrath of the law,” said Amodemi.
Director of Technical Programme, NCF, Alade Adeleke said that the initiative for the development of the project started in 2006 between NCF and Ondo State Government to form a partnership on natural resources conservation, protection of biodiversity and integrity of ecosystem.
“We have value in coming together as partners to see to the need for developing a project that would lead to sustainable natural resources management, to reduce deforestation and to promote better environment attitude for the benefit of today and in future”, Adeleke said.
Ifon Forest, located in Ondo State South West Nigeria has been recognized as one of the newly important Bird’s Biodiversity hotspots in Nigeria. The forest has since been recommended for designation as one of Nigeria’sImportant Bird Area (IBA) which status is of conservation significance recognized by the BirdLife International.
Having recognized the importance of the forest to the Biodiversity Conservation in Nigeria, the Ondo State Government in partnership with leading environmental non-governmental organization, Nigerian Conservation Foundation formulated a strategic plan aimed at turning the reserve to an international standard Game Park. The aims and objectives of the Project as it contained in the strategic implementation plan include:
To preserve the full range of flora and fauna varieties in Ifon Forest Reserve.
To promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of the present and future generation in communities surrounding Ifon Forest Reserve.
And to advocate actions that minimize pollution and wasteful use of renewable and non renewable resources in Ifon Forest Reserve among others.
The project is inclined towards making better lives of the communities and settlements around and within the forest through environmental education, capacity building and training, participation in the forest management strategies and employment of youths. Other direct benefits to the various communities include the establishment of hospitality based institutions such as Hotels, Recreation Centres and Eateries to cater for both Local and International Tourists.

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Edo condemns UK’s plan to auction Oba’s Mask
Written by Wale Olapade
Nigerian Tribune, Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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In a recent move by London museum to auction a 16th century Benin Ivory Pendant Mask, with a price tag of 4.5 million pounds, the Government of Edo State has expressed with dismay and in strong terms, condemned the plan describing it as a criminal act.

Edo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Abdul Oroh, who frowned on the development, made the disclosure in an interview with pressmen recently said every move would be made to stop it.

According to Oroh, “the mask was stolen and it remains a product of crime. Any attempt to sell it will mean a perpetration of criminal act. They should be returned because they were taken under false pretence.”

Recently reported in Financial Times of London, the mask to be offered for sale at Sotheby’s, London in February 2011, was described as one of the last great masterpieces of Benin sculpture remaining in private hands and the mask is believed to have been worn by the Oba.

The mask, a-22centimetre tall was reported to have been sold by the descendants of Lt. Col. Sir Henry Lionel Gallwey, Deputy Commissioner and Vice-Consul in the Oil Rivers Protectorate in 1891, who took part in the infamous Punitive Expedition of 1897 in Benin, Edo State.

Oroh explained that “about 3,000 various descriptions of antiquities like leopard skins, masks and different artworks were looted from the palace of Oba of Benin during the notorious expedition.

After the expedition, Oba of Benin, Oba Ovrewemem Nogbaisi was tried and acquitted. This meant that the whole exercise was designed to loot the kingdom’s treasures. There was a report which said that the treasures looted from the Oba’s palace were enough to pay for the cost of the war.”

Oroh however added that he has personally seen many great works of Benin kingdom in different museums all over the world.

“There are many others in the hands of the private people. We believe these people have no right to benefit from this crime. We believe the art work should be returned to Oba of Benin, whose fore-bearer is the right owner of these artworks.

“The Edo State Government has called on the international communities and the UNESCO to compel the British Government and its people to return all the antiquities stolen from Benin. Also, the international communities should prevail on all other countries in possessions of Benin heritage to return them forthwith,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of African Oceanic Arts, Sotheby, Mr. Jean Fritts has described the mask as having a unique and untouched surface which attracts antiquity collectors the world over.
“Its honey colour attests to years of rubbing with palm oil,” he said.

A bronze head of an Oba of around 1575 to 1625 was sold for a record amount of 44.7 million pounds in 2007. While the auction record for any work of art from African is 5.9 million pounds.

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Stakeholders criticise dearth of tourist attractions in Nigeria
Written by Ayomide Owonibi
Nigerian Tribune, Monday, 3rd January 2011

Millenium Park, Abuja

Stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector of the economy have decried the dearth of recreational infrastructure in the country which has led to the collapse of the industry.

Speaking in Lagos over the weekend at a one day workshop on tourism, Mr. Anil Prakashone, one of the keynote speakers at the workshop, pointed out that the way forward was for the Federal Government to encourage investment in the parks to boost the nation’s social activities.

He suggested that the missing link could be bridged through government partnership with the leading firms operating parks and to ensure the provision of affordable parks for Nigerians.

Prakash said that this would also assist in achieving jobs creation in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Also commenting on the issue, Mrs. Akpan Okon a hotel operator based in Abuja said that the Federal Capital Territory was worse hit with the dearth of parks. She noted that the FCT Ministry should do all things possible to collaborate with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to provide more parks in Abuja , adding that such initiatives would boost NTDC initiatives toward harnessing the nation’s tourism potential.

According to her, such projects alone could provide 50,000 jobs to residents of Abuja and its environs and boost tourism.

“Building of ultra modern world-class holiday resort should not be the issue, but construction of amusement parks for social interaction to compete with the likes of Disney Park ,” she said.

Okon said that such parks would enable fun seekers to have first hand experience in learning, entertainment and relaxation for tourists and visitors.

Also speaking, Mrs Bukola Adekoya said that Federal Government should investigate the misuse of land apportion to parks. “The government meant well to have allocated certain portions of land for parks. Sad enough, such land have been converted to personal use,’’ she said.

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How tourism fared in Nigeria in 2010
Written by Wale Olapade
Nigerian Tribune, Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The global economic recession in 2010, was a challenge to every sector of the economy. And for the tourism industry, the trend changed the domestic and international patronage level and logistics of tourism stakeholders in developing and developed countries.

As some tourism champions and countries were battling on how to regain stability, South Africans, among others, were counting their gains, resulting from the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and other allied businesses.

Also, global warming, which has caused an unprecedented depletion on the ozone layer and a threat to the future of tourism, the world over, was a signal that prompted tourism experts to consider the ‘go green’ project; ditto the climate change conference in Copenhagen in Denmark and Cancun in Mexico.

For Nigeria, which is gradually building a platform for practical development and promotion of domestic tourism to boost domestic and international patronage, it was also not a bed of roses for the public and private sector, as they both struggled to meet up with the trend and demand of global expectation.

The year was, in the history of Nigeria, a golden year, as it marked the 50th independence anniversary, among other significant socio-cultural and tourism activities.

Meanwhile, 2010 could be described as a progressive year for Nigeria’s tourism industry, as efforts were made to celebrate, promote and improve on the activities of the industry in the country.

The success of the industry in Nigeria was anchored by the deliberate and unflinching efforts of some of the stakeholders in the industry.

While some activities were properly and holistically done, some were haphazardly done and some left untouched.

TTH hereby brings you updates on how Nigeria’s tourism industry fared last year, the role of the parastatals, the expectations of the stakeholders in the industry and what should be taken into consideration and observed to ensure the expected growth and developement of the industry this year.

NTDC
The apex tourism regulation and promotion agency, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), in the past 12 months, has raised the participation trend in the tourism industry through different innovations to create awareness, promotion and development of the public and private sector platform.

Apart from turning the tourism village into a model, which created economic activities for food and local snack vendors, souvenirs sellers with the debut of the first tourism radio in Africa, internationally rated multimedia studio, research library, among others. The NTDC headed by Chief Olusegun Runsewe, has also practically participated and supported the promotion of tourism events across Nigeria to boost and sustain the tourism initiative of the Federal Government.

Recently, the launch of the biggest tourism hamper proved to be a plus to the Carnival Calabar innovation.

CBAAC
The Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Professor Tunde Babawale, believed that a nation without a culture is a lost one. Hence, he intensified the teaching and propagation of African history and culture to the diaspora and teaching diaspora history and culture to Africa with Nigeria in perspective.

Professor Babawale has been able to promote understanding and appreciation of black and African arts and cultures by involving the general public in the CBAAC’s activities through lectures, discussions, symposia, exhibitions, performances and demonstrations of arts and crafts.

NCMM
The National Commission for Museum and Monument (NCMM), which in the past experienced a lot of neglect and deterioration, in 2010, got the attention of the new director-general, mallam Abduliah Yusuf Usman, who identified the museum as a story house for generation unborn to know, learn and appreciate culture through the symbolism of the arts and artifacts at the national museum of unity located across Nigeria.

Usman, who saw participation as a way of involving the people in the museum’s affairs, since the museum are within their reach, however introduced the establishment of community museums, identification and development of world heritage sites, diversification of museum with empowerment for curators to make their stations activity-driven.

Also, workshops and seminars were held by the national museum of unity across the country to educate communities and schools on the need to see the museum as a place that tells the people who they are, where they came from and the cultural ties that bind the diverse ethnic nationalities in Nigeri together.

NIHOTOUR
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), on its own, made a feat last year with the taking over of the Nigerian catering schools to enhance coordination in tourism education, training and research activities.

Also, the four catering schools, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, would become sub-campuses of NIHOTOUR, designed to cater for the six geo-political zones.

The director-general of the institute, Alhaji Munzali Dantata, who was optimistic about the development, said the step was aimed at enabling the institute to implement its statutory obligation as a training agency. Ogun, among other states in Nigeria was a the beneficiary of the training.

Akwaaba/seven wonders of Nigeria
The 2010 edition of the Akwaaba Africa Travel Market (AfTM), held in Lagos was a major breakthrough for the organisers (ATQ), with the level of participation and federal presence (the minister of culture, tourism and national Orientation, Alhaji Sadiq Mohammed, honourable Kanayo Oguakwa, chief Olusegun Runsewe, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Sir Dawda Jawara, Danny Jordaan, foreign ministers from west African countries) which gave the event an unprecedented boost with the minister of tourism promising to give support in future edition.

However, the event, which played host to domestic and international players in the tourism industry, was a step for Nigeria to build a platform for regional market’s to promote Africa.

For the initiator, Mr. Ikechi Uko, it was a brand to position Africa nay Nigeria, to the world.

Also, as part of matching word by action and to make Nigeria a preferred destination, the search for seven wonders of Nigeria was inaugurated by Mr. Uko, with the expedition team now rounding the second phase off the search.

John Fashanu endorsed Plaza De Aruna Hotel’s Aristocrat, Oyo
The leading hotel in the ancient city of Oyo, Plaza de Aruna hotel added a feather to its cap last year by launching and openning a world-best laundry outfit, which was endorsed by John Fashanu last year.

The laundry services was an innovation directed at bringing a new dimension to hotel business in the state. The hotel succeeded in waxing stronger in different ways.

The Late Maryam Babangida’s domestic tourism promotion lauded
Former First Lady, the late Mariyam Babangida, was lauded for her pet project, BetterLife for Rural Women, which resulted in the promotion of domestic tourism.

The pet project of the late first lady opened up local areas in the country for socio-economic activities and also created avenues for the development of local arts and crafts, which attracted tourists’ patronage.

Ondo’s efforts on tourism development.
The Ondo State government embarked on intensification of efforts at promoting tourism in the state, making it a hub of tourism. The state took giant strides, ensuring that the cultural festivals in the state were well-packaged to attract tourists, local and foreign, and cross the ts and dot the i’s of the tourist sites in the state.

Oni’s agenda on tourism
Former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Olusegun Oni, whose interest in developing and promoting tourism in the state was lauded by stakeholders in the industry, recounted the efforts and unfolded agenda on tourism for the year.

Oni presented data, materials analyses and verifiable pictures, to showcase developmental projects, efforts and projections, which his administration had embarked upon, and promised that tourism activities would blossom across the state.

He pointed to the renovation of Fajuyi Park and Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort, among others, as part of the achievements of his administration.

Nigeria emerged Africa’s tourism ‘Big Brother’ in Spain
The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) made a positive impact and statement at the 30th edition of the Ferial Internationale De Turismo (fitur), at Farie de Madrid, Spain, last year, where the Director-General of the corporation, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, showcased the various tourist sites in the country to the world.

Saaci, South Africa’s efforts in meeting Africa
The South Africa Association for the Conference Industry and South Africa tourism last year, joined forces to improve the activities in the tourism industry.

This demonstration, which was attained in the meeting held early 2010, at Sandston Convention in South Africa, was used to predict the year’s tourism activities.

Tourism minister appointed
Alhaji Mohammad Sadiq was appointed Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation to oversee the affairs of the ministry.

The minister’s activities towards promoting the development of the industry since inception in office could be described as progressive.

Police issue red alert on crime, insecurity in tourism industry
The Nigerian Police seemed poised to confront, head-on the problem of crime and insecurity in the hotel and tourism industries.

Hence, the then Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, assured of maximum security in the tourism industry in 2010, to build the interest of the tourists in visiting tourist sites without panic, throughout the 36 states in the country.

Taraba hosted Nwonyo Fishing Festival
The Taraba State Government played host to tourist and visitors from within and outside nigeria to witnessed Nwonyo Fishing Festival, which was celebrated overwhelmingly as the fishing competition produced the biggest fish ever caught in the history of fishing festival in Nigeria.

However, Nwonyo took the place of Argungu fishing festival in 2010 becouse of the unprecedented postponement of the event by the Kebbi State Government.

Carnival Calabar
Carnival Calabar, which has become the biggest street party in Africa was celebrated with pomp, glitz and glamour at the Cross River State capital.

The carnival was a success came with innovation (the Durbar, Eyo, tourism hamper and decorated floats by each band).

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