As part of its determination to turn around Nigerian tourism industry to become a centre of attraction for Nigerians and beyond, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC has thrown her weight behind the establishment of 4-in-one tourism projects by the Linas International organization.
The then Director General of the Corporation Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, disclosed this while inaugurating the committee that would see to the actualization of the project in Abuja.
According to her, we are taking up a 4-in-one tourism project: the ‘Grand Tourism
Award’, which will be instituted to honour and encourage outstanding Achievement in all areas of the Tourism Value Chain. ‘Culture Village’ will as well be established in every state of the federation at sites that host historic natural monuments.
“While Global Road Show’ is aimed at encouraging tourists’ traffic across and beyond the country, the last one is ‘Host Family Scheme’ a initiatives that will focus on creating a relaxing atmosphere for tourists to feel at home while away from their homes.”
While enumerating the advantage of the four projects, NTDC boss explained: “Project like this will help Nigerians to see the cultural heritage that we have and to also appreciate it that is opportunity that the project will create jobs.
“Its very good initiative and our job is to promote it and tell people how beautiful Nigeria is, through this project, more jobs will be created, its avenue for poverty alleviation that is the way to improve the dwindling economy.
“Not only that, crime we be reduced, we did a survey and we find out that six months before any festival in the country more young people are engaged and when you check the crime data it reduce so, tourism will definite keep crime off our street.”
Responding, the Chairman/CEO of Lina international Ltd, Hon Ned Nwokolo who was represented by Bar. Onyeka Nwokolo, explained that the quest to develop tourism was the reason for the partnership.