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  • MEDIA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR NTDC

    MEDIA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR NTDC

    Some of Nigeria’s highly reputable newspapers and magazines have promised to support the efforts of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation in its efforts to vigorously promote tourism in Nigeria.

    The Director General of the NTDC, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo was given this assurance by the media outfits which include, The SUN, LEADERSHIP, GUARDIAN, TELL, CHAMPION and the NATION in Abuja when she paid them visits respectively.

    [three_columns ] [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignleft" width="336"]LEFT-RIGHT: MR. ERIC OSOGIE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SPECIAL SERVICES SUN NEWSPAPER AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO BEING PRESENTED A COPY OF SUN NEWSPAPER DURING THE TOUR. LEFT-RIGHT: MR. ERIC OSOGIE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SPECIAL SERVICES SUN NEWSPAPER AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO BEING PRESENTED A COPY OF SUN NEWSPAPER DURING THE TOUR.[/caption] [/three_columns] [three_columns ] [caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="260"]MRS. SALLY MBANEFO RECEIVING A WARM WELCOME FROM MR. MICHAEL OKPERE, GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER DURING THE MEDIA CALL RECENTLY. MRS. SALLY MBANEFO RECEIVING A WARM WELCOME FROM MR. MICHAEL OKPERE, GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER DURING THE MEDIA CALL RECENTLY.[/caption] [/three_columns] [three_columns_last ] [caption id="attachment_1183" align="alignright" width="260"]MR. MADU ONUORAH, ABUJA DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF OF THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER PRESENTING A COPY OF THE NEWSPAPER TO DIRECTOR- GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO DURING THE VISIT TO THE MEDIA HOUSE. MR. MADU ONUORAH, ABUJA DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF OF THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER PRESENTING A COPY OF THE NEWSPAPER TO DIRECTOR- GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO DURING THE VISIT TO THE MEDIA HOUSE.[/caption] [/three_columns_last]

    Mrs. Mbanefo who plans to visit others as part of a media tour, was received at the Sun by the Executive Director, Special Services, Mr. Eric Osagie. She extended her hand of fellowship saying she needs the support and cooperation of all Stakeholders including renowned media organisations like The Sun in other to deliver on her mandate of promoting and developing tourism in Nigeria.

    Welcoming the DG, Mr. Osagie said she couldn’t have started her media familiarization tour at a better place, extolling the Sun as one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the country which also touches on the grassroots just as the NTDC boss hopes to develop tourism at the grassroots.

    Speaking further, he observed that it was his hope that the Sun will shine on the NTDC expressing the desire of the tabloid to be NTDC’s number one partner in all ramifications.

    Mr. Osagie noted that he was impressed at the pace at which things are moving in the NTDC since Mrs. Mbanefo assumed duties commending her for her desire to create jobs for the teeming youths via the plan to build six tourism centres across the six geopolitical zones maintaining that it was necessary to stem the tide of insecurity and other social vices associated with unemployment.

    Mrs. Mbanefo who took time to explain her policy drive to some members of the Editorial team at the Leadership newspapers led by Mr. Michael Okpere who is the group Executive Director, pointed out that she is presently restructuring the NTDC after which she intends to grow the tourism value chain adding that it will translate to reinventing the tourism industry by implication.

    Speaking further on her core imperatives, the NTDC chief used the opportunity to inform her hosts about the forthcoming major

    Stakeholder’s meeting scheduled for September 9th this year saying she intends to use the platform to officially unveil her policy thrust and address other pertinent questions raised by journalists.

    Speaking during the visit, Mr. Isaac Aimurie, Editor, Business Leadership pointed out that emphasis should be laid on the development and promotion of Parks as core destinations for tourists while those that offer support services should also be integrated and carried along in the new initiative.

    Responding, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo maintained that her job remains to consolidate her position and expand on deliverables saying the forthcoming Stakeholders’ meeting will engage holistic approach aimed at deploying every means towards the actualization of a viable and vibrant tourism industry focused on revenue generation and job creation adding this conforms to the transformation agenda of Mr. President.

    Mrs. Mbanefo reiterated her call for support when she along with her crew, visited the Bureau Chief of Champion newspapers Ltd, Mr. Malachy Uzendu with the latter expressing his joy at the visit declaring that all previous DGs of the corporation always had a very cordial relationship with the newspaper and Mrs. Mbanefo was only following suit.

    Mr. Uzendu went on to say that the Champion had come a long way reminding the visitors that the present information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku was once a reporter with the Champion while assuring of their maximum support.

    On his part, the Senior Associate Editor of Tell magazine, Mr. Anayochukwu Agbo promised on behalf of his magazine, to render positive, in-depth reportage of NTDC’s activities averring that Mrs. Mbanefo brings fresh impetus to the job given her private sector background.

    Receiving the NTDC delegation in his office, the Abuja Bureau Chief of The Nation newspapers, Mr. Yomi Odunuga alongside some members of his staff including the Managing Editor of Northern operations, Yusuf Alli noted that the Nation remains a pan-Nigerian Paper committed to the development of the country just like NTDC.

    Mr. Yusuf corroborated this position by asserting that they will give maximum support and cooperation advising that fairness should be employed in the placement of adverts in newspapers by NTDC in order to avoid discrimination and hard feelings.

    The NTDC boss said she came to seek friendship and support and to also use the opportunity to invite them to the forthcoming stakeholders’ forum holding in Lagos saying the platform will address all queries with regards her policy direction as major players

    like, Tour operators, Travel agencies, Hospitality outfits, Police and relevant security agencies, Immigration and other Para-military organizations will be in attendance.

    From NTDC Press.Mrs. Mbanefo restated this position when she called at the Guardian House and was received by the Deputy Bureau Chief, Mr. Madu Onurah who affirmed that the Guardian was ready to cooperate with her in her drive to make resounding impact in tourism development just as he assured that they will also participate in the planned stakeholders’ forum in Lagos.

    The NTDC DG hopes to solicit the support of other Media outfits through the media familiarization tour which is ongoing.

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  • Pictorial News – The Sun Newspapers awards

    Pictorial News – The Sun Newspapers awards

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    Pictorial News - The Sun Newspapers awards

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with M.D. & Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr Reginald Ihejiahi who won the Best Banker award during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Femi Adesina. during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan and his wife, Mrs. Roli Sheila Uduaghan during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio (right) and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo presenting award of Businessman of the Year to Chief Chidi Anyaegbu, Chairman of Chisco Group. during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with the Minister of Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with the Minister of Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)., Senator Anyim Pius Anyim during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio (right) and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo presenting award of Businessman of the Year to the Chairman/CEO, MRS Oil, Alhaji Sayyu Dantata, during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio and other dignitaries exchanging pleasantries during the recently held Sun Newspapers awards in Eko Hotels, Lagos.

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    PICTORIAL NEWS - NTDC Boss takes domestic tourism to Taraba

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo meets with His Majesty, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon II, The Aku Uka, Chairman Taraba State Council of Chiefs during a courtesy visit to his palace recently in Wukari, Taraba State.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo (middle), His Majesty, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon II, The Aku Uka, Chairman Taraba State Council of Chiefs (right) with other dignitaries in a group photograph during a courtesy visit by Mrs. Mbanefo to his palace recently in Wukari, Taraba State

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo being received by a cultural troupe outside the palace of His Majesty, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon II, The Aku Uka, Chairman Taraba State Council of Chiefs during a courtesy visit by Mrs. Mbanefo to Taraba State recently.

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    Left –Right: Vice Chancellor, Taraba State University, Prof O Geoffrey Okogbaa, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, and Evangelist Agbu Kefas in a group photograph in the Vice Chancellor’s office during a visit by Mrs. Mbanefo to Taraba State recently.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the Chairman, NULGE, Tarawa State, Mr Naphtali Kefas walking out of the evil forest where the king who refused to die was buried during Mrs. Mbanefo visit to Wukari, Taraba State recently.

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo walking around the crocodile den during her visit to Wukari, Taraba State recently

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the Chairman, NULGE, Taraba State, Mr Naphtali Kefas at the evil forest where the king who refused to die was buried during Mrs. Mbanefo visit to Wukari, Taraba State recently.

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    Over 600 youths listen to the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo on Valentine’s day in the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria during her visit recently to Wukari, Taraba State.

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    Youths listening to the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo on Valentine’s day in the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria during her visit recently to Wukari, Taraba State.

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    Pictorial News - NTDC Boss, takes domestic tourism to Osun

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    Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a dialogue at the palace of Olubuse II, The Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    L- R: Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams, Prime Minister of Oyomesi, Bashorun of Oyo, Chief Yusuf Ayoola and Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo exchanging pleasantries at the palace of Olubuse II, The Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    Olubuse II, The Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade praying for the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo while others watched during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo (middle), Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams (left) and Professor Amogbade Moses (right) with other dignitaries that visited the Oduduwa Groove during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo prostrating in humility to his Imperial Majesty, Olubuse II, The Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade in the palace during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    Chief Promoter, Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo and the Olubuse II, Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade in a dialogue at the palace during the recently held Oodua Festival in Ile- Ife, Osun State

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    Pictorial News - NTDC, Takes Domestic Tourism to Akwa Ibom State

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    The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a dialogue with the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, his Wife, Former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Lady Valerie Ebe, Wife of Akwa Ibom State Assembly Speaker, Mrs Ikon during the Night of Carol recently held in Akwa Ibom State

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    The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, his Wife, Former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Lady Valerie Ebe during Night of Carol recently held in Akwa Ibom State

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with other dignitaries Rev Jessy Jackson, Bishop David Oyedepo, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio and wife, Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and Wife, Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Lady Valerie Ebe, Wife of Akwa Ibom State Assembly Speaker, Mrs Ikon singing Songs of Praise during the Night of Carol recently held in Akwa Ibom State

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    Left- Right: Miss Chantal Mbanefo, Rev Jessy Jackson and Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport before departure to the Night of Carol recently held in Akwa Ibom State

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    The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo at the Marina Club Slave boat while authenticating some tourists site before the Night of Carol recently held in Akwa Ibom State

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    Pictorial News - NTDC Takes Domestic Tourism to Ondo

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    Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo being received  by Commissioners and  the cultural group  at the Akure Airport for the Mare festival held recently in Idanre, Ondo State.

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    Presentation of certificates to some  athletes by the   Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation  (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo at the Mare festival  held recently in Idanre, Ondo State

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    Condolence visit by the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo to  the family of Chief Olu Falae on the death of their son Deji at their country home.

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    Governor of Ondo State Dr. Olusegun Mimiko addressing his aides at the government house while his wife Olukemi and the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo (left ) watched shortly, before attending the  Mare festival held recently in Idanre, Ondo State

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    Left- Right: Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and Alhaji Abass Akande (Obesere) exchanging pleasantries at the Mare festival held recently in Idanre, Ondo State

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    Left-Right: Chief Press Secretary to Ondo state Governor, Mr. Eni Akinsola, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Akenroye and Mr Wale Ojo Lanre in a group photograph at the dome, Ondo State.

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    PICTORIAL NEWS - Sally Mbanefo Slams Oil Companies Over Oloibiri Oil Well

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    LEFT-RIGHT: National President Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Malan, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, President , CEPTAC, Chief Dr. Mike S. Amachree, JP, Onyoma Research, Niger- Delta History, Culture, Environment and Community Development, Emeritus Professor E. J Alagoa, Perm Sec. Ministry of Culture & Tourism , Port-Harcourt, Mrs Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Amayanabo of Twom-Brass, HRM, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, President, La Campague Tropicana, H.E Wanle Akinboboye during the unveiling of “ Memories of the Niger Delta Slave Routes “ a book published by the Centre for Promotion of Peace , Tourism , Arts and Culture , ( CEPTAC) in association with River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently at the Hotel Presidential , Port Harcourt, River State.

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    LEFT-RIGHT: National President Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Malan, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Amayanabo of Twom-Brass, HRM, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, President , CEPTAC, Chief Dr. Mike S. Amachree, JP in a dialogue during the public presentation of Memories of the Niger Delta Slave Routes published by the Centre for Promotion of Peace , Tourism , Arts and Culture , ( CEPTAC) in association with River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently at the Hotel Presidential , Port Harcourt, River State.

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    The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo receiving her award from the President , CEPTAC, Chief Dr. Mike S. Amachree, JP during the public presentation of Memories of the Niger Delta Slave Routes published by the Centre for Promotion of Peace , Tourism , Arts and Culture , ( CEPTAC) in association with River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently at the Hotel Presidential , Port Harcourt, River State.

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    LEFT-RIGHT: The President , CEPTAC, Chief Dr. Mike S. Amachree, JP with the awardees, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, President, La Campague Tropicana , H.E Wanle Akinboboye, Amayanabo of Twom-Brass, HRM, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, expressing appreciation after the presentation of the awards during the public presentation of Memories of the Niger Delta Slave Routes published by Centre for Promotion of Peace , Tourism , Arts and Culture , ( CEPTAC) in association with River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently at the Hotel Presidential , Port Harcourt, River State.

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    PICTORIAL NEWS - NTDC, takes domestic tourism to Ogun

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][imageeffect image="1409" lightbox="yes" target="_self"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with members of staff at the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex during a domestic tour to authenticate tourists site in Abeokuta, Ogun State [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][imageeffect image="1410" lightbox="yes" target="_self"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo and her staff in touch with nature at the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex during a domestic tour to authenticate tourists site in Abeokuta, Ogun State [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][imageeffect image="1411" lightbox="yes" target="_self"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo exchanging pleasantries with the management team of Olumo Rock Tourist Complex during a domestic tour to authenticate tourists site in Abeokuta, Ogun State [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [hozbreak] [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

    PICTORIAL NEWS - NTDC, commences domestic tourism

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect image="1390" width="450" height="300" target="_self" lightbox="yes"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the NTDC Staff at the National Commission for Museums and Monuments during a tour to authenticate tourists site in Calabar, Cross Rivers state [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect image="1391" width="450" height="300" target="_self" lightbox="yes"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the NTDC Staff at the Marina Resort during a tour to authenticate tourists site in Calabar, Cross Rivers state [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect image="1392" width="450" height="300" target="_self" lightbox="yes"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the NTDC Staff at the Leopard Town Park during a tour to authenticate tourists site in Calabar, Cross Rivers state [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect image="1393" width="450" height="300" target="_self" lightbox="yes"][vc_column_text] The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo with the NTDC Staff at the Drill Ranch Afi Mountain during a tour to authenticate tourists site in Calabar, Cross Rivers state [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [hozbreak] [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Pictorial News - DG, NTDC Mrs Mbanefo unveils tourism strategy at 2013 WTM London, UK[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][imageeffect image="1375" width="300" height="200" target="_self"][vc_column_text]

    LEFT-RIGHT: Ag, Director, Marketing & Promotions, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Fibi Ikilama, Director , Tourism , Sierra Leone , Mr. Mohamed Jallon, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Minister, Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs , Sierra Leone, Mr Peter Bayuku Konteh exchanging pleasantries during a courtesy visit to the Nigerian stand hosted by NTDC at the 2013 World Travel Market, Excel Center London, UK.

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    LEFT-RIGHT: Minister , Ministry of Tourism & Culture , Gambia, Hon. Fatou Mass Jobe Njie, Minister, Tourism , Malawi, Mr. Moses Kunuuyu, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, during a courtesy visit to the Gambian stand at the 2013 World Travel Market, Excel Center London, UK.

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    PICTORIAL NEWS - NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL LONDON 2013 AS CAPTURED BY DIRECTOR, PLANNING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS, MRS. GARBA ANGELINA

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect url="http://tourism.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/nothinghill-a.png" target="_self"][vc_column_text] MRS. GARBA ANGELINA, DIRECTOR (PRS) GIVING SOME FLYERS CONTAINING NIGERIA’S TOURIST SITES TO SOME FOREIGNERS AT THE EVENT. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect url="http://tourism.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/nothinghill-b.png" target="_self"][vc_column_text]SOME BRITISH PARTICIPANTS ON PARADE DURING THE CARNIVAL.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect url="http://tourism.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/nothinghill-c.png" target="_self"][vc_column_text]GUESTS CATCHING FUN DURING THE EVENT.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][imageeffect url="http://tourism.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/nothinghill-d.png" target="_self"][vc_column_text]SOME PARTICIPANTS IN COLOURFUL DISPLAY AT THE EVENT.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [hozbreak]

    Pictorial News- NTDC Paid a Courtesy Visit To Governor Fashola In Lagos, NTDC, Heritage Bank Sign MOU

    [two_columns height="330" ] [caption id="attachment_1157" align="alignleft" width="400"]LEFT-RIGHT: DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC) MRS. SALLY MBANEFO PRESENTING A GIFT TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, BABATUNDE FASHOLA WHILE COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS MR. DISU HOLLOWAY LOOKS ON DURING THE VISIT IN LAGOS. LEFT-RIGHT: LEFT-RIGHT: DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC) MRS. SALLY MBANEFO PRESENTING A GIFT TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, BABATUNDE FASHOLA WHILE COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS MR. DISU HOLLOWAY LOOKS ON DURING THE VISIT IN LAGOS.[/caption] [/two_columns] [two_columns_last height="330" ] [caption id="attachment_1156" align="alignright" width="400"]LEFT- RIGHT:  MR. IFIE SEKIBO, MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO  OF HERITAGE BANK, MRS. SALLY MBANEFO,DG( NTDC) AND MR. NIYI ADESEUN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HERITAGE BANK , AFTER SIGNING AN MOU IN LAGOS, RECENTLY. LEFT- RIGHT: MR. IFIE SEKIBO, MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO OF HERITAGE BANK, MRS. SALLY MBANEFO,DG( NTDC) AND MR. NIYI ADESEUN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HERITAGE BANK , AFTER SIGNING AN MOU IN LAGOS, RECENTLY.[/caption] [/two_columns_last] [hozbreak]

    Pictorial News - Nigerian Women Organize Road Show Carnival and Rally for Peace and Empowerment in Abuja…. - August 2013

    [two_columns height="330" ] [caption id="attachment_1197" align="alignleft" width="400"]LEFT-RIGHT: HON. MINISTER FOR PETROLEUM, MRS. DIEZENI ALISON MADUEKE AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO IN A JOYOUS MOOD DURING THE EVENT AT EAGLE SQUARE, RECENTLY. LEFT-RIGHT: HON. MINISTER FOR PETROLEUM, MRS. DIEZENI ALISON MADUEKE AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL (NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO IN A JOYOUS MOOD DURING THE EVENT AT EAGLE SQUARE, RECENTLY.[/caption] [/two_columns] [two_columns_last height="330" ] [caption id="attachment_1196" align="alignright" width="400"]LEFT-RIGHT: HON. MINISTER FOR PETROLEUM, MRS. DIEZENI ALISON MADUEKE, HON. MINISTER FOR AVAITION, MRS. STELLA ODUAH OGEIMWONYI, DIRECTOR-GENERAL ( NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO AND A GUEST DURING THE EVENT AT EAGLE SQUARE, RECENTLY. LEFT-RIGHT: HON. MINISTER FOR PETROLEUM, MRS. DIEZENI ALISON MADUEKE, HON. MINISTER FOR AVAITION, MRS. STELLA ODUAH OGEIMWONYI, DIRECTOR-GENERAL ( NTDC), MRS. SALLY MBANEFO AND A GUEST DURING THE EVENT AT EAGLE SQUARE, RECENTLY.[/caption] [/two_columns_last] [hozbreak]

    Pictorial News - Reigning Miss Nigeria’s Courtesy Call on NTDC and The Launching Of the ‘‘Fascinating Nigeria Project’’ Recently Unveiled in Abuja by the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation - July 2013

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    Pictorial News - 2013 Ministerial platform, a mid-term report on the progress and achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration - July 2013

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    Pictorial News - Senate Committee On Culture, Tourism And National Orientation paid an oversight visit to NTDC quarter 1 & 2 0 - June 2013

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    Pictorial News - Pakistan delegation on study tour paid a courtesy call on NTDC - June 2013

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    Photo report of Sally Mbanefo's Accomplishment at the WTM, Africa in Cape Town, South Africa

    [caption id="attachment_1577" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sally Mbanefo with the organisers of the WTM, Africa. Sally Mbanefo with the organisers of the WTM, Africa.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1576" align="alignleft" width="300"]Another view of the Nigeria's Stand, at the 2014 WTM, Africa Another view of the Nigeria's Stand, at the 2014 WTM, Africa[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1575" align="alignleft" width="300"]Nigeria's Stand, designed by Sally Mbanefo Nigeria's Stand, designed by Sally Mbanefo[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sally Mbanefo with some Asians visitors to the Nigeria's stand Sally Mbanefo with some Asians visitors to the Nigeria's stand[/caption]                                     [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

    Pictorial News- Tourism Development Workshop in Lagos

    [caption id="attachment_1597" align="alignleft" width="300"]From left, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National and Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, HighChief Edem Duke, Chairman, Citilodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Olufemi Talani and Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, in a groupphotograph during the Tourism Development Workshop recently held at theIntercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. From left, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National and Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, HighChief Edem Duke, Chairman, Citilodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Olufemi Talani and Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, in a groupphotograph during the Tourism Development Workshop recently held at theIntercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.[/caption]

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  • NTDC Boss Takes Domestic Tourism To SURE-P

    NTDC Boss Takes Domestic Tourism To SURE-P

    IN her practical and developmental approach to developing tourism in Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, has taken her gospel of domestic tourism promotion to the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). The NTDC boss while soliciting for partnership with SURE-P during a courtesy visit to the parastatal recapitulated how she intends to move Nigeria domestic tourism promotion from mere rhetoric to practicalities, emphasising on the immense advantages of promoting domestic tourism to Nigeria and Nigerians. sally-mbanefoMrs Mbanefo added that she would grow the tourism value chain for jobs and revenues in furtherance of her domestic tourism agenda, to empower local governments at the grassroots, create jobs for youths and reduce urban migration while also organising seven regional sports carnivals, which according to her will focus on youth participation and engagement. Unveiling her 2014 agenda to the SURE-P team, the Director-General said her administration will ensure publication of a National Domestic Tourism Calendar for all; plant Tourism Information Desk at major airports; production of an NTDC branded magazine for private sector and state governments to showcase their tourism assets, and also, air a television quiz game show that will educate Nigerians on tourism sites, reward them for visiting the sites and also generate revenue for the corporation. She as well informed the SURE-P team of the various Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) which she has signed with various national and international bodies and corporations, which is geared towards achieving her lofty dreams for Nigeria tourism development, via domestic tourism promotion. The chairman of SURE-P, General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd), who said he had been monitoring the giant strides of the NTDC boss, commended her unrelenting efforts at ensuring proper promotion of domestic tourism in Nigeria, which will maximally benefit the country and her good people. “I must say that Sally Mbanefo has really done so well for our country and the good people of Nigeria through her aggressive and practical domestic tourism promotion. You are at home with SURE-P, as it is in our agenda to ensure promotion of tourism in Nigeria. Hence, you have our total support. With you at the helms of affairs at NTDC, we have no doubt that Nigeria tourism, especially domestic tourism, will be well developed and promoted to enable Nigeria and Nigerians benefit from the money spinning sector,” Agwai said. The SURE-P chairman charged the NTDC boss to always be on ground to offer useful advice to the team on the development and promotion of tourism in Nigeria. The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Muhammed Garba, who dubbed a member of the SURE-P team, in his speech also lauded the initiatives of Mrs Mbanefo, promised support for the actualisation of the enviable domestic tourism agenda of the NTDC boss.

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  • Mbanefo Woos WTM To Host In Nigeria •As Nigeria’s Stand Voted Best In Cape Town

    Mbanefo Woos WTM To Host In Nigeria •As Nigeria’s Stand Voted Best In Cape Town

    THE light of Nigeria tourism shone brilliantly at the first World Travel Market (WTM) Africa held at Cape Town not just because the stand designed by the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, was voted to be the most attractive, captivating and well patronised, but also that the she was able to convince the promoter of WTM the necessity of hosting a show in Nigeria. [caption id="attachment_1577" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sally Mbanefo with the organisers of the WTM, Africa. Sally Mbanefo with the organisers of the WTM, Africa.[/caption] Mbanefo said: “The design of the stand is my concept. As an artist, I do not think it is good news to learn that NTDC commissioned or contracted out our stand’s design. So, I put pen on paper and sketched it out. And to God be the glory, those who mounted it did a good job of it. “I had a fruitful discussion with Carol Weaving, Managing Director, WTM Africa, Reed Exhibition and we are working on the possibility of hosting WTM in Nigeria. I also mid-wived deep commitment of interest in promotion of Nigeria domestic tourism from Mr Derek Houston, who is interested in building Convention Centre.” Mrs Mbanefo further said: “I discussed with the  Expedia group, a company set up by Bill Gate in 1996. The intercontinental company has agreed to collaborate with NTDC in two major development schemes via tourism education, awareness and information dissemination with international buyers and sellers.” After having successfully closed a deal with Expedia, Mrs Mbanefo said she also had a fruitful discussion with Javago.com, a money generating online search which will have a stay on NTDC’s website cultivating money and revenue to the corporation.” The NTDC boss dialogued with Euro Sports for tourism partnership, to promote sport tourism and sport carnival in Nigeria. Sales Director of Euro Sports, Mr Gideon Reeves, who described the Mrs Mbanefo as ebullient and passionate promoter of Nigerian tourism, expressed the readiness of Euro Sports to partner with the NTDC to propel promotion of sports tourism and sport carnival in Nigeria. Reeves said: "Nigeria, no doubt, stands tall at the fore front of football not only in Africa but also in the world, hence we are willing to partner with the NTDC, which implements tourism policy in the country to practically promote sports tourism and carnival." Euro Sports Sales Manager in Africa, Prevoni Naicker, who corroborated the submission of Reeves, added the partnership between NTDC and Euro Sports will make Nigeria a hub of sport tourism and carnival sooner. National Council for Arts and Culture which was also present at the maiden edition of WTM Africa, expressed eagerness to collaborate with the NTDC. The council described Nigeria's outing at the event as phenomenal, while expressing assurance of unprecedented development in the Nigerian tourism and improvement in the country's economy with the domestic tourism promotion initiative of Mrs Mbanefo. [caption id="attachment_1582" align="alignright" width="300"]Nigerian Delegates in a group hotographs at the event. Nigerian Delegates in a group hotographs at the event.[/caption] The NTDC boss reiterated her earlier policy on travel market attendance and participation. “Like I say and which has become a policy for us at the NTDC, we will not just participate in any travel fair for participation sake. We will not attend trade fair where Nigeria will not benefit or which we believe will not add value to what we are doing here at NTDC." Mr Remi Olayemi, Chief Executive Officer, Leisure King Travel and Tours, who participated at the market, “I am impressed and proud of Nigeria’s stand and conduct of all who exhibited at our stand. I am particularly happy that it was declared the best here. “The Nigeria’s stand stood like a colossus as the designer who I learnt is the Director-General, NTDC herself, really demonstrated that she is a master in stand packaging and presentation. “The stand speaks volumes about Nigeria and portrays to all that we are indeed a nation ready for tourism growth.” He further revealed: “I learnt from an impeccable source that this beautiful and spectacular stand was constructed at a fraction of what it used to be." Mr Olayemi pointed out that “Nigeria tourism sector is reaping the benefit of appointing a round peg in a round hole as Mrs Mbanefo has been able to ensure that her private sector experience and networking adequately rubbed off on this outing. “The turnout of exhibitors at the Nigeria's stand here is a reflection of the drive of Mrs Mbanefo who has successfully served as the bridge between the public and private sector. “I am happy to see the permanent secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Eko Hotels; Arik Air; Monopoly; Treavenl Travels and Tours, African Destination, Cross River State and many who have made our stand a centre of activities and a must visit.” He described the composure of the NTDC Director-General, as a dutiful woman whose passion is geared towards Nigerian tourism and concentrated in selling domestic s [caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sally Mbanefo with some Asians visitors to the Nigeria's stand Sally Mbanefo with some Asians visitors to the Nigeria's stand[/caption] ites to buyers. “Her mode of dressing which accentuated and showcased our national colours of green-white-green as typified by her cap and dress made her the cynosure of all eyes and an attraction herself," the Leisure King Travel and Tours boss said. Mr. Olayemi revealed: “Going by performance rating, Nigeria’s outing this time around is good and commendable. The outing is not only well-coordinated, but also very colourful, of teamwork of both public and private sectors participation. In fact, I am happy and proud to see the NTDC making inroads into the forays of international tourism market and caucus beyond propaganda and noise making.”

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  • Akran of Badagry Lauds Sally Mbanefo’s Domestic Tourism Promotion Initiative

    Akran of Badagry Lauds Sally Mbanefo’s Domestic Tourism Promotion Initiative

    THE Akran of Badagry, De Wheno, Aholu Menu-Toyi I, has described the domestic tourism promotion agenda of the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, as an incontestable way to promote Nigeria’s tourism and boost the nation’s economy. The monarch, who said this during a courtesy visit by the NTDC boss to his palace  explained that: “Sally Mbanefo is hitting the nail on the head with the promotion of domestic tourism. This was what the government of Japan did some years ago with a law stopping Japanese from traveling out of the country for holidays. It paid off. It did not only endear Japanese to their country and the tourist attractions therein, but it also wooed foreigners to the country and developed their economy. “Domestic tourism remaiSally Mbanefo with Akran of Badagryns the best approach to promote Nigeria’s tourism and better the lots of Nigeria and Nigerians. Hence, the NTDC boss should be well-mobilised and supported by every stakeholder in the industry to achieve her domestic tourism promotion course, which in turn will boost our economy, enthrone peace and unity, drastically reduce social vices and woo hosts of foreign tourists to our country.” De Wheno, who described the NTDC boss’ visit to his palace as momentous, as the visit coincided with his 37th coronation anniversary noted that Sally Mbanefo was the first Director-General of the NTDC to personally come to Badagry to appreciate the tourist sites in the town with a view to championing their development and promotion. Mbanefo, who earlier  congratulated the Akran of Badagry on his 37th peaceful and developmental reign and prayed for more fulfilling years for the monarch, disclosed that domestic tourism will enable Nigerians know Nigeria, appreciate the innumerable and enviable tourist attractions in the country, appreciate different fascinating cultures and traditions in the country, and also attract foreigners to the country. This, according to the NTDC boss, will have a positive reflection on the economy of the nation. She described her visit to Badagry as part of her ongoing visit to the geo-political zones in the country to visit the tourists sites in the states of the federation, see to how to develop and promote them to encourage Nigerians to travel within Nigerian and foreigners to travel to Nigeria. This, according to her will have immensely benefit the nation and her good people. Mbanefo described Badagry as the first tourist site in Lagos, adding that, “there is no way the history of Nigeria will be written without prominently mentioning Badagry, where Christianity was first preached in 1842 by Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman, where the first Christmas was held in Nigeria, where the first church, the first primary school and the first story building in Nigeria, just to mention a few, were located. The Akran of Badagry while presenting a gift of coconut to the NTDC boss, prayed that God should give her Solomon-like wisdom to achieve her lofty dream for Nigeria tourism, which will make Nigeria, which is enviably rich in tourism, stand tall in the comity of nations and enrich her people. “Sally, you are a symbol of Nigeria tourism. It is no doubt, with your strides since you assumed office, that you meant business with the promotion of domestic tourism. Therefore, I pray that God will endow you with the wisdom to practically develop and promote domestic tourism in Nigeria,” the monarch prayed and the people of the town endorsed it with their resounding Amen. The monarch thereafter presented the NTDC boss with the Badagry Pilgrimage Certificate, which according to the monarch, is not given to every Tom, Dick and Harry, but patriot, who meant good for the nation and the town.

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  • Domestic Tourism Promotion: Sally Mbanefo Compiles Cultural Festival Calendar

    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. DG New LookThe compilation of the Calendar of Cultural Festivals, according to the NTDC boss, is to stimulate domestic tourism 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.

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  • FCC Lauds Mbanefo’s One Year In Office

    FCC Lauds Mbanefo’s One Year In Office

    THE Federal Character Commission (FCC) has described the activities of the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation as a progressive phenomenon, capable of practically promoting Nigerian tourism and creating wealth for the people at the grassroots in the country. Making the commendation during the One-day Sensitisation Workshop for the Chief Executive Officers, Directors of Human Resources and Administrators of Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs), held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium, Ministry of Justice, Abuja Dr. Iboko Imo Iboko, a federal commissioner and panel chairman for the presentation of the NTDC DG added that the domestic tourism promotion and development initiative of Mbanefo led-administration was apt at this time. Sally Mbanefo with FCC members"The activities of Sally Mbanefo within the first year in office clearly showed that she evidently understood the concept of tourism development and promotion with reference to development of economy and empowerment of the people of a nation. "While her approach to achieving the domestic tourism development and promotion in Nigeria is apt, especially with the visit to traditional rulers, who are the custodian of our culture and heritage, domestic tourism promoters, tourist sites in the six geo-political zones in the country with the aim of knowing their state and developing one site per zone. "I believe, without any reasonable doubt, with Sally Mbanefo's giant stride at promoting domestic tourism, Nigeria would being to enjoy, in great measure, the enviable goodies of tourism, while a good number of jobs would have been created at local governments," Iboko said. Sally Mbanefo, earlier in her paper presentation titled, "Promoting Domestic Tourism: Tool for National Economic Development," described budgetary allocation as the major problem face by the corporation, which according to her, if solved, will position the corporation to properly train its staff; regularly collaborate with the private sector operators in forging new ideas for the sector, and effectively market and promote Nigeria locally to boost domestic tourism.Sally Mbanefo delivering a speech The NTDC boss who enjoined Nigerians to visit the over 7,000 tourist sites and patronise the 4,279 hotels in the country stressed that, "Nigeria must put in place, mechanism through which benefits can be derived from all departures. The NTDC is coming up with a recommendation to government on how domestic tourism can benefit from this. "Tourism can help us achieve the Nigeria of our dreams, not only for the present but also for generations to come. Therefore, I am appealing to big businesses and individuals to adopt tourist sites and develop them as part of their contributions to the development of domestic tourism in Nigeria."

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  • Tourism As A Tool For National Economic Development

    Tourism As A Tool For National Economic Development

    MANY developing countries have managed to increase their participation in the global economy through the development of tourism. Tourism development is increasingly viewed as an important tool in promoting economic growth, alleviating poverty,  job creation, as well as contributing to national development goals. Numerous studies have demonstrated that tourism can play a significant role in balanced sustainable development, and that it can be effectively harnessed to generate net benefits for the poor [UNWTO,2002]. Tourism is a principal export for 83 per cent of developing countries, and it is the most significantsource of foreign exchange after petroleum. sally delivering speechMost recent data show that current global tourism contributions to GDP is approaching US$7 trillion, accounting for 9.3 per cent  of total global GDP and that the industry accounts for 8.7 per cent of global employment with an estimated annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent. What is Domestic Tourism? Domestic tourism is the type of tourism where people vacate within their own country. It is one of the three categories of tourism with the others being inbound and outbound tourism. Historically speaking, it is in fact the first form of tourism that was practised and today it continues to account for the most part of this activity by far: it is estimated that out of the 4.8 billion tourist arrivals per year [2008 figure], 4 billion, or 83 per cent , correspond to domestic tourism. Likewise, the UNWTO’s economists estimate that at the global level, domestic tourism represents: 73 per cent  of total overnights 74 per cent  of arrivals and 69 per cent  of overnights at hotels 89 per cent  of arrivals and 75 per cent  of overnights in other [non-hotel] accommodations. In contrast to international tourists, domestic tourists know the destination, its language, its customs, its laws, its climate, its cultural context.  As a general rule, domestic tourists are more demanding, especially when it comes to the quality of products. Out of the four main motivations of tourists, [discovery, encountering others, experiencing something unique, resting] the last two are certainly more prominent among domestic tourists. Local tourists also seek a very wide diversity of types of destinations and tourism activities, in other words, the range of product offerings should be as broad as possible and for a country like Nigeria, our size and diversity potentials are of immense advantage. Under domestic tourism, visits are more frequent and there are more repeat stays, notably with family and land transport is predominantly used: 88 per cent  compared to 51 per cent  for international tourism. It was for all the above reasons that when I assumed office, I decided to focus more on domestic tourism. In order to have full understanding and appreciation of our local tourism potentials first hand, I embarked on tour of some of our known destinations and attractions; meeting with state officials [sometimes chief executives of the states I visited], traditional rulers, tourism administrators and operators with a view to understanding their challenges and jointly seeking solutions to them. So far, I have visited about 17 states and without doubt, the tour has really helped me understand some challenges that the sector is facing today. Make no mistake, I was aware even before I became the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation [NTDC] that Nigerians have ‘panache’ for international vacation due to poor packaging of our local tourism industry for local consumption. According to available data, Nigeria recorded a total 4,037,808 tourist arrivals in 2013, while US$ 649,468,486 forms their expenditure. There are several international initiatives that have highlighted the potential of tourism to contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction, as well as to environmental protection, cultural preservation, and job creation. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation[UNWTO] emphasises poverty reduction as one of its primary themes for tourism development, and its Sustainable Tourism–Eliminating Poverty [ST-EP] initiativefocuses onaligning the goals of sustainable tourismwith activities that specifically alleviatepoverty. However, tourism in Nigeria contributed so much to the GDP, but very little is attributed to it, hence the difficulties of government in recent past seeing tourism as a major contributor to the GDP. It is however important to note that, a vibrant business environment is supported by a vibrant tourism community which thrives on the financial support of visitor spending and contributes to the quality of life through sporting events, festivals, carnivals, religious tourism, conference/business tourism, wildlife, eco-tourism, beach tourism/holiday resorts all of which we have in abundance. National Tourism Policy The policy thrust is to develop sustainable tourism by capitalising on heritage diversity as the basis for promoting domestic and international tourism. This is aimed at competitive sustainable tourism development within the confines of the world tourism market and open up Nigeria as a major tourist destination in Africa through the development of international tourism and promotion of domestic tourism. Nigeria’s Tourism Potentials The domestic tourism market has very high revenue and job creation potentials. For instance, 2013 Osun Osogbo festival recorded 21,713 domestic tourists including, 123 international tourists while N 58,230,170 forms the expenditure. -Abuja Carnival [2013] recorded 19,015 domestic tourists which includes 113 international tourists while N147, 385,250 forms the expenditure. - Religious tourism recorded over a million domestic tourists and a substantial number of international tourists in 2013. It is, therefore, estimated that, we have a US$4 billion domestic tourist market. Similarly, the size of the Diaspora market is estimated at US $3 billion annually should we provide them with the right environment considering the volatility of oil revenues which is currently a major source of the nation’s revenue. There is an urgent need to actively harness this industry’s economic potentials with a view to enhancing its contributions to GDP. Challenges A critical evaluation of the evolution and development of tourism in Nigeria indicates that the country’s tourism industry faces socio-economic problems and structural deficiencies which reduce the industry’s efficacy as a tool for local, regional and national sustainable development. In order to address these challenges, there is need to have good access roads to the various tourist destinations - Review the Land Use Act to enable private sector access land for development of tourist sites - Corporate and multinational organization should adopt tourist sites for development. - Resolve multiple taxation for tourism operators. - Establish a Tourism Development Fund [TDF]. - Increased funding from the government - Need to implement the 2007 Tourism Master Plan. - Improve travel security as a necessary condition for growing both domestic and international tourist traffic in Nigeria. Excerpted from an address delivered by Sally Mbanefo during Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition on the 10-11 June, 2014 in Abuja.

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  • NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board Sign Pact To Develop Regional Tourism

    NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board Sign Pact To Develop Regional Tourism

    THE Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has signed a pact with The Gambia Tourism Board to propel a rapid development and best practices in the Nigeria's tourism industry. The NTDC boss, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, while speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the corporation's Lagos office, pointed out that the partnership between NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board is a landmark momentum in the tourism industry in West Africa, as the partnership will also develop and promote a sub-regional tourism brand. Mbanefo explained: "Nigeria is a catalyst in the development of tourism in West Africa. We have the population, which is a great lubricant in the wheel of developing tourism. We also have the political will to explore the potentialities of the industry. Meanwhile, The Gambia has an excellent track record of best practice in the industry. As a result, partnership with The Gambia will enable us to exchange notes, programmes, and share best practices. [caption id="attachment_1636" align="alignleft" width="300"]Director-General,  Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] "Following the partnership, NTDC staff members can go to The Gambia for capacity building and bring back the knowledge to develop Nigeria's tourism industry. This will also enable our staff members to enlighten the Gambians on the tourism potentials in Nigeria and tell Nigeria's story correctly to the Gambians, thereby propelling them into visiting Nigeria. The Gambia Tourism Board as well can send their staff to Nigeria for training and also appreciate our tourism assets. "Our relationship with The Gambia Tourism Board will promote the sub-regional tourism with the standard of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). "It will promote travel and tourism between both countries in the areas of eco-tourism, culture, black heritage, festivals, cuisines and entertainment just to mention a few," opined Mbanefo. Mrs Mbanefo, who described The Gambia as the first African country to sign an MOU with promised that the MOU will be actioned, as soon as possible. The NTDC boss used the opportunity the event offered to sell Nigeria's domestic tourism to The Gambia Tourism Board members, encouraging them to attend fascinating and crowd-pulling festivals in Nigeria, while reeling out the national domestic calendar to the team. Her words: "Nigeria is so blessed with innumerable fascinating natural and man-made tourist sites and attention-grabbing cultural festivals. I invite you to attend any of the festivals, and you will be glad you did." In his reaction, Director-General of the board,  Mr Benjamin Roberts expressed the interest of The Gambia Tourism Board to work together with NTDC to promote tourism in the two countries. "The Gambia could be said to be doing well in tourism, yet, there is always room to improve. Therefore, we are here to learn from the immense tourism wealth of Nigeria and contribute to the growth of the industry. "Note this, we are not just signing the MOU for the fun of it, but we shall ensure that it works out for the benefit of The Gambia and Nigeria. The partnership, we believe, will also help to develop and promote sub-regional brands and experience, as you have said. "We will work together via co-branding at international events. This will enable the two countries achieve more and use less financial resources. We shall work on achieving one brand for the benefit of the two countries, and also build the capacities of the workers of the NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board. Hence, we shall come to Nigeria to appreciate Nigerian and tell Nigerians The Gambia story, while your people can also come and tell us Nigeria's story," Roberts explained. The Chairman of The Gambia Tourism Board, Mr Bakary Jammeh, who corroborated the submission of Mr Roberts lauded the keen passion of Mrs Mbanefo at promoting Nigeria's tourism potentialities, with emphasis on the domestic tourism, which according to him, will make Nigeria a voice in the global tourism industry. Permanent Secretary of The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Barry, said that The Gambia, though advanced in tourism, yet always ready to improve, saying "This partnership will ensure this. It will promote regional integration. Hence, The Gambia can promote herself in Nigerian and Nigeria can also promote herself in The Gambia. We shall implement the partnership. The partnership should not be seen as between The Gambia Tourism Board and Ministry and NTDC, but as between the two countries. The partnership will not only be a blessing to the two countries, but also the whole of Africa." Deputy Permanent Secretary of The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Ms Kodu Jabang, added that the partnership will further sell the two countries as the destinations for leisure and investment. Ms Jabang noted that "we will ensure that all the necessary machineries are put in place at the national level to make the partnership work."

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  • PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE – NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

    PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE – NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

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    Pictorial News - NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

    [caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with the Gambia delegation and NTDC Management Team after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with the Gambia delegation and NTDC Management Team after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignleft" width="300"]From left, Executive Director, Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Gambia, Mrs Naffie Darry and the Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang, in a group photograph after the signing of the MOU. From left, Executive Director, Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Gambia, Mrs Naffie Darry and the Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang, in a group photograph after the signing of the MOU.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1648" align="alignleft" width="300"]Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the DirectorGeneral, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board,    Mr. Bakary Jammeh, after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently, at  the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the DirectorGeneral, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently, at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1649" align="alignleft" width="300"]From left, Director, Sales &  marketing, The Gambian Tourism Board,  Mr Adama Njie; Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Darry; Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang; Executive Director, The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NTDC, Mrs Anette Ibe; Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh in a group photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. From left, Director, Sales & marketing, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Adama Njie; Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Darry; Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang; Executive Director, The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NTDC, Mrs Anette Ibe; Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh in a group photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1650" align="alignleft" width="300"]From left, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator (NTDC), Mrs Anette Ibe, Director General, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts, Director General ,  Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Chairman,  Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh; Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, in a photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at  the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in  Marina, Lagos. From left, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator (NTDC), Mrs Anette Ibe, Director General, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh; Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, in a photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1651" align="alignleft" width="300"]Director General, Nigerian  Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)  Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the  Director-General, The Gambian Tourism  Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.  Bakary Jammeh, during the signing of  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. Director General, Nigerian
    Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)
    Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the
    Director-General, The Gambian Tourism
    Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and
    Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.
    Bakary Jammeh, during the signing of
    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    recently at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1652" align="alignleft" width="300"]Director-General, Nigerian  Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)  Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the  Director-General, The Gambian Tourism  Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.  Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the  Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos. Director-General, Nigerian
    Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)
    Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the
    Director-General, The Gambian Tourism
    Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and
    Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.
    Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed
    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the
    Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.[/caption]

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