Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Nigeria’s Rich Cultural Heritage Remains its Greatest Asset and Attraction - FTAN

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After the just concluded 61st United Nations World Tourism Organisation – Commission for Africa (UNWTO-CAF) in Abuja, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has stated that Nigeria tourism cannot effectively flourish without harnessing some cultural components.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Tourism: With 1,747 buyers, 1,100 exhibitors from 23 Nations Africa’s Travel Indaba ends on high note

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The significance of tourism to Africa and its economy was once again cemented at this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba with delegates from 80 countries in attendance.

Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

Africa: Scientific Protocols For Tourism Master Plans in Nigeria

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There are mounting litany of woes surrounding the issue of Tourism Master Plans in the Nigerian Tourism environment, as a result of the inability to create the much needed paradigm for the community of tourism professionals, including public and private sector practitioners alike.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 00:00

Africa:Lagos has become the big Summer 2018 destination of choice by British Travellers

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It is a big surprise that already without even launching its Tourism Masterplan Lagos has become the big Summer 2018 destination of choice by British Travellers.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Africa: Army Dreams to Make Sambisa Forest Tourists' Haven

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Nigeria’s army is planning a makeover for the Sambisa Forest, from being the den of Boko Haram terrorists into a tourist destination. Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, announced the plan on Wednesday.

Monday, 05 March 2018 00:00

Nigeria: Lagos State Unfolds Tourism Calendar

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Lagos State Government last week released a calendar for over 70 state-sponsored and endorsed arts and culture programmes for the year.

This move according to stakeholders further shows Lagos State government commitment to the promotion of arts and culture as well as tourism.

In a release signed by the State’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the calendar is designed to frontload public and privately-driven arts, culture and entertainment events that will have positive impact on tourism and the image of Lagos as an arts-friendly state.

“This initiative is in fulfillment of the state government’s promise to announce a yearly calendar of events to guide programming, tourists and visitors’ decisions,” he stated. 

Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

West African National Park Gets $23.5 million Funding

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Benin’s Pendjari National Park, one of West Africa’s largest remaining strongholds for the elephant and the critically endangered West African lion, has now received a major funding boost.

Four groups — the U.S.-based National Geographic Society and Wyss Foundation, South Africa-based African Parks, and the government of Benin — announced on Jan. 31 a combined commitment of more than $23 million to secure and restore the Pendjari National Park. This partnership hopes to “revitalize Pendjari’s extraordinary landscape through increased operational effectiveness, scientific research, innovative technology and visually compelling storytelling,” according to a press release from African Parks. 

Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

Institute for Tourism Professionals Trains Federal Tourism Officials

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The Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP) has stayed true to its avowed commitment towards Nigeria's tourism manpower development. The Institute, popularly called ITP, recently continued its exemplary tourism development efforts with training programmes for top and middle level officers of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. 

One of the latest training programmes was held for three days, from the January 11th, 12th and 13th 2018, in Nasarawa State for middle management Tourism Officers from the Tourism Department of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. 

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 00:00

Number of Nigerian Tourists to Kenya Fell By 8.9 per cent in 2017

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Tourism numbers grew 7.8 per cent in the 10 months to October last year, defying expectations of poor performance due to political uncertainty during Kenya’s election season.

Data from the Kenya Tourism Board shows that 786,765 international visitors landed in Kenya between January and October 2017, in comparison to the 729,682 recorded during a similar period the previous year.

These figures were especially boosted by arrivals from the United States, the largest source market for Kenya, and China. The two countries recorded 16.3 per cent and 14.1 per cent growth respectively.

Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

Intra-Africa Travels Can Add $1.3 billion to the Continent’s Annual GDP

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Getting a visa to visit another African country has typically meant being buried in a mountain of paperwork and also expensive visa fees. When procured, the visas are typically only for a short duration. Even then, getting the visa isn’t enough to stave off extra hassles at entry points no thanks to the suspicions of immigration officers who sometimes appear bemused that another African is visiting their country as a tourist.

But this year, in line with recommendations by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in its Africa Visa Openness report, more countries have began making it a lot easier for other Africans to visit. 

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