Joesef Karim is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Nigeria Travel Digest - an online magazine that started in September 2012.
Joesef Karim is a graduate of Tourism Management and has an MBA in Marketing. Mr. Karim is an Africa travel specialist and a tourism business consultant. He has been a leading Nigeria tourism stakeholder for over two decades, and is on the Board of some travel and tourism companies in Nigeria.
Joesef is a certified advertising practitioner (APCON) in Nigeria, whose specialty include strategy conceptualization, communication planning, advert scripting, copy writing, and media buying management.
In April 2013, Joesef authored a book: "Travel & Tour Operations in Nigeria". The book has since been adopted as a course material by some tourism departments in Polytechnics and Universities across Nigeria. Additionally, every quarter, he provides hands-on trainings on 'Tour Packaging & Sales Strategy' for travel agencies in Nigeria.
Presently, Joesef is the Public Relations Officer of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) - the umbrella body of the organized private sector in Nigeria's tourism and hospitality industry.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has once again charged President Muhammadu Buhari to delineate, prioritize and fund a new Federal Ministry of Tourism in Nigeria. The President of FTAN, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, made this call in Abuja yesterday, Tuesday March 19th 2019, when Mrs. Opakiriti Josephine Nzobiwu, the new Director of Domestic Tourism at the Ministry of Information and Culture, went on a familiarization visit to the headquarters of FTAN in Asokoro Abuja.
On the eve of Nigeria's 2019 national elections, the country has for the second year running being announced as the largest economy in Africa. This appears to be an extraordinary feat because three years earlier, precisely in 2016, the Nigerian economy slipped into a very difficult recession. Albeit, prior to the recession, Nigeria undertook an economic rebasing in 2013 and emerged the largest African economy, overtaking South Africa.
The number of international tourist arrivals rose by 6 percent last year to 1.4 billion, according to an estimate published Monday by the World Tourism Organization.
The increase was driven by travel to southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the Madrid-based UN body, citing economic growth and technological advances as boosting factors.
Although arrivals to the Americas grew only by a modest three percent -- four for North America -- Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific performed strongly, with respective rises of six, seven and six percent.
Nigeria is notably missing among the top countries in the Africa Visa Openness Index, an annual survey conducted by the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Conversely, seven West African countries were listed among the top 20 including Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Togo while Southern Africa has the least number with four and North Africa has one.
Earlier in 2018, the Nigerian government had announced a Visa-On-Arrival policy for international travelers as part of
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her annual Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) on November 21st and 22nd 2018, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, where the President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to come up with a national policy on Cultural Tourism to make Nigeria a leading African tourist destination.
In his welcome address at the event, Alhaji Rabo said, “FTAN calls on the federal government, through the Ministry of
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her annual Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) on November 21st and 22nd 2018, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, where the President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to analytically look at the Nigeria’s tourism map and build motorable roads leading to and from tourist destinations.
The African Tourism Board is set to be launched at the World Travel Market on Monday, November 5, 14:00, Excel London World Travel Market North Gallery Room 4. Already a number of African travel and tourism companies have joined the ATB including Holiday Nigeria™, the leading inbound and domestic tour operating franchise company in Nigeria.
The idea of an African Tourism Board was created by the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) based in Seychelles, Brussels, Bali, and Hawaii.
Last April the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) led the global tourism industry leaders and stakeholders to champion Sustainable Tourism in the areas of international wildlife preservation and conservation. WTTC's sustained campaign led over 40 global tourism industry and allied partners to sign the Buenos Aires Declaration on illegal wildlife trade.