Billed for November 20 through November 29, the over one-week event will, which will including pre and post events, aims at helping nurture healthy leisure lifestyles and change the Nigerian perception that travel is luxury; promote domestic tourism in Nigeria and thus ensure a proper balance in the ‘Africans travelling Africa’ campaign on the continent; and To change the media and general narrative of Nigeria as a “Boko Haram and Corruption Country” to a rich ecotourism and cultural tourism destination.
To this end, the project is expected to attract about 5, 000 people over the duration, with youths and adult as the target audience. It will, will among others, generate buzz and discussions on domestic tourism; get Nigeria trending for the right reasons over 10 days; publicise destinations around Nigeria; help in data collation of travellers and tourism statistics in Nigeria and create awareness of the benefits of travel in-country and on the continent.
Awhana also disclosed that the activities slated for the platform, which include media (Radio and TV) tour, familiarization tours, travel roundtable, tourism Cup (Golf), village square, travel hangout and Nigeria tourism awards, would hold at different locations, including Wheatbaker Hotel, Freedom Park, Ikoyi Club, Lekki Leisure Lake and Federal Palace Hotel.
He urged corporate bodies and government ministries, departments and agencies to take advantage of this history-making platform to showcase their products and services to the international audience, as over 50 international delegates from 24 countries have already signed up as hosted buyers. Some of the countries include Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Israel, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, US, and Zambia.
It's going to be a warm and tourism activity week show casing Nigeria rich and immense cultural heritage, attraction site, variety of food, fabrics and clothing, fashion show, music, art, sculpture and poetry. Show casing our unity in diversity.
The Guardian online news: by Chuks Nwanne