Expert seeks to create national tourism calendar
Mr. Olanrewaju Scott, CEO of Dascott Brand and Events, called on the Federal Government to create a National Tourism Calendar to encourage more tourists to visit Nigeria.
Scott made the call while speaking to the Nigerian News Agency, in Lagos on Sunday.
He said: “When the national tourism calendar is in place, there will be a more organized industry.
“Tourists will fully prepare for the time of year they visit Nigeria based on their interests for specific events.”
According to him, the calendar would include tourist activities in terms of festivals, tourist days, workshops, summits and the dates when said activities will take place.
He noted that it is high time for the Nigerian tourism industry to be better organized and positioned to generate more revenue for the government and the people.
“It is strongly recommended that a national tourism calendar is essential to enable tour operators to be fully prepared.
“Tourists will also be made familiar with the various events and dates that can be booked in advance.
“Tour operators will be able to categorize dates as high or low season to attract visitors from around the world.
“The Notting Hill Carnival is a good example. Tour operators and visitors from different countries around the world know that every last Sunday and Monday of August the Notting Hill Carnival takes place.
“The event attracts visitors from all over the world which brings revenue to the wallet of the UK economy every year and the season is peak season due to the time of year in the UK.
“Just like the Wimbledon tennis championships, to name a few,” he said.
Scott said that in order to increase the confidence of tourists to visit the country in light of the security issues plaguing the country, the Nigerian media should focus more on spreading positive publications both at home and abroad. ‘foreigner.
He said it would go a long way in improving the country’s image both at home and abroad.
The tourism expert said, “To put an end to the security problems, the government must create more jobs to engage the youth as this will contribute to the growth of tourism in the country.
Scott said Nigeria is well endowed with many tourist sites capable of generating high incomes, but “these potentialities have not been fully explored”.
“The federal government will need to invest more in these sites, and it also needs to encourage private sector participation, with different incentives that can attract private investors.
“The government still needs to provide more employment opportunities for people to engage and reduce the level of poverty in society.
“In other parts of the world where tourism is booming, such as Dubai and Malaysia, the governments of those countries hire the locals who in a way actually provide them with jobs,” he said. declared.
Scott noted that he had organized a tourist event to lure overseas Nigerians home, which he called “Jump Lakes”.
Scott said the second edition of Lagos Jump will be held on December 30, 2022 on Victoria Island after it becomes an annual event going forward.
Lagos Jump is designed to attract Lagosians and other Diaspora Nigerians to Lagos every December to network, exchange business ideas and investment opportunities.
Scott said: “It will be done with the same spirits in a beautiful and relaxed environment that is different from the traditional shopping environment.
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