LEISURE TOURISM

Nigeria Solicits UNESCO Heritage Sites for Tourism Development

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced plans to enlist more of Nigeria's cultural sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Minister stated this during his visit to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State, which is one of the country's two World Heritage Sites, on Tuesday. He said Nigeria’s quest to have more sites designated as World Heritage Sites is due to the abundance of sites that qualify for such listing in the country. 

Nigeria to Expand Tourism Using Community Museums - Minister

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM
The Federal Government has announced plans to establish community museums as part of efforts to ensure that local communities benefit from tourism. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the plan on Thursday at the ongoing 4th World UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Kyoto, Japan.
 
''In Nigeria, we observed that tourists stay in the big cities when they visit. They visit the museums in the cities where objects gotten from different parts, including the rural areas, are displayed but they hardly go to the rural areas.

Our Administration is Fully Committed to the Promotion of Culture and Tourism - VP Osinbajo

Written by  |  Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says culture and tourism in the new world order are referred to as soft power because of their influence in economic and international relations. Osinbajo said this at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Conference Hotel and Suites, Abeokuta, Ogun State, as the Special Guest of Honour. He said that the location of the facility in Abeokuta would attract international conferences organisers desirous of serenity and tourism potentials.

Imo State Introduces New Tourism & Hotel Tax

Written by  |  Friday, 06 December 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

The Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday said that he signed into law the Imo state Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption tax law No.35, to generate revenue for the state. Ihedioha who spoke in Owerri, through his Chief Press Secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu, also added that the governor signed into law the Imo State Employment and Empowerment Trust Fund, Law No.37 of 2019, and Imo State Signage and Advertisement Agency (Establishment)Law No 36 of 2019.

Britain to Return a Stolen Nigerian Pre-Colonial Art Work

Written by  |  Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain said, as Nigeria's government announced a new campaign Thursday for the return of the West African nation's looted and smuggled artifacts from around the world.

The cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in 2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative.

Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, welcomed the return of the cockerel, especially the role of the students in bringing about the repatriation of the bronze statue.

NTIFE Communique: FTAN Demands Partnership with Government for Tourism Development

Written by  |  Friday, 22 November 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

On the culmination of the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) 2019, held on the 19th & 20th November 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, organizers of the event, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) hereby release the following Communique:

1. The Federal Ministry of Information & Culture should ensure effective coordination between the agencies of the Ministry and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria. This will reduce the incidence of Government and private tourism operators speaking at cross purposes in the administration and operation of the tourism industry.

The Ogbunike Caves, Nature's World Wonder in Nigeria! Featured

Written by  |  Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

The tourism in Nigeria is largely embryonic. This means most of the tourist sites are still in their original nature, with little or no enrichment to transform the sites into tourist attractions and profitable destinations. Accordingly, Nigeria is a land of natural wonders; replete with scenic landscapes, wildlife conservatories and, arguably home to the most enchanting African cultural tradition and heritage. One of Nigeria's leading natural wonder is the iconic, and mystical, Ogbunike Cave, in South Eastern Nigeria. The caves are a world wonder that have held visitors spellbound for decades and still do!

WCS Install Tracking Devices on Elephants in Yankari

Written by  |  Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00  |  Published in LEISURE TOURISM

To reinforce the ongoing protection efforts in Yankari Game Reserve, conservationists have fitted six elephants with GPS/Satellite Collars to help provide real-time tracking of elephant herds. Country Director, Nigeria Programme, Wild Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn said the device will allow ranger teams to shadow the elephants at all times and alert the reserve manager whenever elephants are in danger or stray outside the reserve.


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