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.
Mrs 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.