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.
I hope the jury is not closed on the need for a Federal Ministry of Tourism in Nigeria?
Personally, I believe there are several legal arguments on the need for such a ministry at the Federal Govt level, notwithstanding the 2013 Supreme Court Judgement. The judgment is roundly either celebrated or denounced because it gives State Govts right to collect revenue from hotels.
The need for a Tourism Ministry to the sustainable growth of the industry in Nigeria transcends which Arm of Govt collect taxes or generate revenue. Without a national Tourism Ministry we are not likely to have an 'investable' tourism industry. Different States would be doing different things without a cohesive Nigeria tourism product or brand. Hence, I like the idea being canvassed about mainstreaming tourism policies in Nigeria using a top to bottom approach, i.e. the Federal government leading State Governments approach.
The third edition of the prestigious Jos Carnival held on the clement weathered city from Saturday April 20th to Monday April 22nd 2019. The carnival lived up to the expectations of participants who travelled from different States around Nigeria to have fun on the Plateau.
Plateau State in North-Central Nigeria has long been acclaimed to be “the Home of Peace and Tourism”, and Jos Carnival grandiosely proved the fact. Jos Carnival 2019 was a festival of colours and gaiety, joyfully displayed by the famously hospitable ethnic nationalities on Jos plateau.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) unequivocally condemns the dastard attack on Kajuru Castle and the killing of 2 tourists at the popular resort on Friday night, April 19th 2019. We are saddened by the news of this brazen banditry that led to the death of Ms. Faye Mooney, a British aid worker, and Mr. Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian, while visiting Kajuru Castle in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna.
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in collaboration with National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) organized a Tourism Journalism Communication Training with the theme“Building a Sustainable Destination through Tourism Reportage” for Association of Nigerian Journalist and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) members from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th April, 2019 at Hotel Rosebud, Central Business District, Abuja.
The second edition of the prestigious International Tourism Transport Summit And Expo is scheduled to hold at the international Conference Centre Abuja from 29th to 30th April 2019.
The International Tourism Transport Summit and Expo 2019 is aimed at bringing all players in the tourism and transport industries so that issues hindering the growth of the two sectors can be tackled with all sense of purpose and patriotic zeal for Nigeria's economic and social development.
The 2019 edition of Abuja cultural carnival will gulp N82.109 million, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
The yearly carnival meant to showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage is coordinated by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
The minister said that Cultural Centres established by Nigeria in China and Brazil were good for marketing the image of the country to further make the outside world appreciate Nigeria and Nigerians better.
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