The annual World Travel Market trade fair has entered its fourth day with Nigeria maintaining a very unique and conspicuous presence.
The nation’s colourful national flag, the green white green exhibits a prominent feature with officials from the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), wooing the world to love Nigeria and visit her to enjoy her wealth of cultural endowments.
Unfortunately, several visitors who had visited the venue are expressing disappointment as no other organisations of Nigeria texture featured in the world renowned exhibition.
Leading Nigerian Organisations such as Air Nigeria, Arik Air, Hotel Organisations and many top rated companies expected to add glamour to the Nigeria stand were conspicuously absent taken away the much expected business impact.
It was a situation that made many ease away in consternation as nothing worthy of note except the national colour so uniquely displayed.
A visitor had said: “Where are the business links?” adding he was expecting a more Nigeria presence as the nation has long been noted for her virile cultures and traditional values. The gaffe created a very disappointing impression to many visitors to the venue of the Travel Trade fair.
NTDC which pioneered Nigeria’s presence appeared as the main focus making the Nigeria factor very much personalised and government- oriented.
As the exhibition enters its final day on Thursday, among those companies being looked for at the venue are Airlines, hotels and Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and catering services.
None was present to add more to the glittering colours displayed by Nigeria.
Surprisingly, many visitors to the Nigeria stand found solace in a unique tourism Magazine ‘Come to Nigeria’ which incidentally had been there on self effort, brought by the Publisher, Mr Oladimeji Adisa.
Adisa is an artist of many parts, a dramatist and Cultural promoter who has taken Nigeria Culture to its highest height in Britain in the past eighteen years:” We are surprised that our Magazine has been a real selling point for Nigeria as everybody wants to have it taken away”, he said in response to questions on how he came about bringing the Magazine to the venue.
He said the Magazines were indeed carried to the venue on his personal initiative.
“We have passion for our country and we can prove to the world that once again Nigeria is not what many people across the world view her to be with many negative views. We are glad the Magazine today has sold Nigeria to the world surprisingly”, Mr Adisa said.
He said the Magazine has been a solo effort and the impact of its three previous editions is today felt across the world.
However, Thursday the last day of the exhibition has been declared Nigeria’s Special Day with lots of cultural shows in waiting to be featured.
Nigerians are being enjoined to come to Excel to compliment Nigeria stand at the Exhibition.
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