The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has called on all stakeholders in tourism industry to educate the public on the importance of domestic tourism and to also create more engagement in airline operations especially in Kano.
Kano Focus reports that the Emir made the call at the North-West Stakeholders forum held in Kano,
Emir Bayero commended the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), for upgrading the tourism sector in the country.
In his remarks the Director-General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Chief Folorunsho Coker said digitisation of the Nigerian tourism industry, has brought flexibility into the tourism business in Nigeria.
Coker said that the digitalisation, had also brought about more competitiveness into the industry, thus, creating opportunities for the digitally savvy, to earn high income.
Represented by Fibi Ikilama, Head of the National Travel Bureau, Coker said the forum aimed at stimulating ideas to drive further growth of the tourism industry.
According to him, “The digital marketing and e-commerce space, had created access to new markets for many Nigerian companies and youths, many of whom have an online presence.”
He stressed that the contributions of digital companies in Nigeria to job creation, value addition and the economy had been salutary.
At the corporation, it is believed that to become tourism hub in Africa, there was need to develop domestic tourism first.
The development of domestic tourism, he explained would increase the country’s attraction to sponsors and investors.
“They will in turn develop the industry; develop our tourism assets, leading to further infrastructural development that will let loose the huge potentials of the industry,”
On his part the state Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Alhaji Ibrahim Karaye pledged continuous support of the Ganduje administration in boosting tourism in Kano and the country at large.
Karaye, represented by the Executive Secretary of Kano Tourism Board, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim Lajawa, said the administration had invested much in the sector.