Domestic Tourism Promotion: Sally Mbanefo Compiles Cultural Festival Calendar
THE Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, has requested states, local government and relevant tourism agencies to forward details of their cultural festivals to the corporation.
The details of the cultural festivals gathered would make up the National Domestic Tourism Cultural Calendar of the corporation, which will serve as a authentic portal for domestic and foreign tourists on the innumerable rich tourist sites and cultural festivals in the country.
Mbanefo pointed out that she made it a point to visit traditional rulers in every state she visits because traditional rulers are the custodians of culture and heritage.
According to the NTDC boss, why she is campaigning domestic tourism is to empower local government at the grass level, create jobs at local governments, reduce urban migration, to encourage integration of culture within Nigeria and to encourage unity.
Mbanefo explained that the submission should include name of festival, site of celebration, period of celebration, brief description of festival and the historical significance, such as masquerade, water regatta, fishing or yam festival, among others.
“These details should be forwarded, with supporting videos or CD coverage of previous editions of events, to the corporation, not later than Monday, 30 June, 2014,” Mbanefo added.