The newly appointed Director-General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation(NTDC, Mrs Sally Nbanefo has called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to take active parts in all issues concerning Nigeria, urging that the success of Nigeria is the pride of every Nigerian across the World.
Speaking recently during the just concluded World Trade Market in London, Mrs Mbanefo expressed dissatisfaction about low participation of Nigerians and non- involvement in the buzzing social and economic activities which took place in this year’s World Travel Market Nigerian stand. WTM holds yearly in London’s EXCEL and until this year proving very eventful and memorable, Nigeria’s previous participation had been a lackluster event. The business event which featured tourism exhibitions from across the World ran for four days, focusing on what individual Toursim destination countries across the world have got to offer in selling their nations tourism endowments to the outside World.
With Nigeria putting up one of the best appearance in this years international event and stamping her feet with various impressive business meetings and cultural activities, Mbanefo said she noticed there was no enough participation by Europe based Nigerians who would have made a difference in selling the nation more with their wealth of knowledge and ideas in Europe. She thanked those who were present, mainly journalists for their involvement, urging them to tell Nigerians in the Diaspora of the good outings of World Travel Market 2013.
By Fatai Ogunribido.
Nigeria in 2013 World Travel Market was a major focus of attention as the nation put up outstanding performances in cultural and business scouting displays, putting up enviable shows and drawing hundreds of potential investors in both tourism and other business ventures to the negotiating tables. This year’s event was a far cry from the uneventful and dull outlook which had been recorded in many years of the nation’s presence at WTM.
This year’s activities for the first time drew Nigeria Tourism closer to the World in the way it has never happened before, with series of meeting and even drawing cultural performers from other nations begging to perform on the Nigerian stand.
There were spectacular moments of business engagements with many foreigners queuing up for meetings with the Director General who was seen as a new beacon of hope and accomplishment as she held nothing back in portraying Nigeria as the best in the committee of nation’s tourism trade .
“World Travel Market should be Diaspora affairs and we all must come here to complement the efforts of proud Nigerians who may want to display their trade and win hearts for Nigerians. We are ready on our own part to lift them up in accreditation and in celebration of our own as a nation. She said she believed Nigerians in Europe has got what it takes to take Nigeria to the pinnacle of World Tourism. We are the exemplars of Africa’s distinctive tourism adventure. Our unequaled resourcefulness as a people must be put into practice in an avenues as this”, she declared.
Mrs Mbanefo was the toast of many visitors across the World and her wit and energy which amazingly puzzled many was one of what made many fall in love, with the queen of Nigerian Tourism appearing in her best of Nigerian attires.
“It is my first time here as DG and my dream is to build a formidable Diaspora initiated programs for the World Travel Market both in destination hunt for visitors, fashion, culture, food, music and many more. We are the best and we must allow that best showcased to the entire world”, Mrs Mbanefo expressed.