The President of Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Nkereuwem Onung says Nigeria is a destination waiting to be discovered both in tourism and in business. He said this while speaking at the road show and workshop organised by South African Tourism (SAT) in Lagos. The NATOP President assured that Nigeria has a lot of potential as it concerns leisure and entertainment, adding that the association was ready to partner SAT as it markets Nigeria tourism in South African and other markets.
According to him, “I will like to say to you all that Nigeria is a destination waiting to be discovered not just as a business hub but as a tourism hub with diverse, rich and enduring leisure and entertainment packages for the people.
There is a lot to explore and experience in this country and let me assure you that as you look to marketing Nigeria in your market and around the world, you would find us (NATOP) a worthy partner because we have members and operators in all the service areas, from ground operators to tour guides, who would partner with you in giving your clients a memorable tour of Nigeria.”
Bankole Bernard, President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, (NANTA) explained that Nigeria had untapped tourism potential that will require collaborations to explore.
He therefore called for more collaboration between Nigerian and South African private sectors and investors in the development of tourism facilities, products and manpower in the country, especially now that Nigeria is in need of diversification of its economy.