Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, has assured Mexican investors of a safe and fertile Nigeria for their investment.
In a press statement made available to the media, Mbanefo, said this during her presentation on Tourism Investment Opportunities In Nigeria at the Mexico Seminar on Business Opportunities in Nigeria. She emphasized that an area in the North Eastern part of the country with security challenges is so minute compared to the size of the country, adding that the present administration, within a year, has been able to drastically reduce the activities of the insurgents in the area.
The NTDC boss, while encouraging the Mexican investors to consider investing in the nation’s tourism sector disclosed that the main thrust of Nigeria’s tourism policy are to create employment and engage the youths, generate foreign exchange, encourage small and medium enterprise development, promote tourism based rural enterprises, empower local communities and reduce urban migration, and promote cultural exchange.
She noted that Nigeria is the largest and fastest growing economy in Africa, with the largest population in Africa, saying “Now is the best time for you to invest in Nigeria, as we are moving away from total dependence on oil, our tourism industry is a goldmine you can explore.
“Our business tourism is excellent, so also our entertainment Tourism (Nollywood& Music); our religious, sports and conference tourism are very good and active, while our culture (festival), medical tourism, education Tourism, ecotourism and agro tourism are promising.”
She highlighted investment opportunities in the Nigerian tourism sector, to include energy supply; water supply; access roads; camping tents and shelters; floating accommodation and restaurant; cable cars; hot air balloons; boats: power boats, small sail boats, man-powered vessels, cruising boats; wildlife viewing vehicles and safari vehicles; hostels and dormitories; specialized malls for camping and hiking accessories, recreational sports equipment and accessories amongst others.
“The current administration is focused on diversifying Nigeria’s economy and our mandate at the NTDC is to create an enabling environment, promote domestic tourism and fast track investment incentives that will propel growth in the tourism industry to make Nigeria Africa’s foremost tourism destination. With a domestic tourism market estimated at $4bn, tourist arrivals at 4.03m in 2013 which grew to 4.8m in 2014, we are ready for investors from Mexico,” she said.

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