Hospitality and Tourism

Trump has not banned Nigerians –US Embassy

The US Embassy in Nigeria said there’s no need for Nigerians to cancel travel plans to the United States.

It said suggestions of a policy change negatively affecting Nigerians are incorrect.

Spokesman Russell K. Brooks responded to an Associated Press request for comment after a Nigerian government statement Monday said some Nigerians with valid multiple-entry U.S. visas were denied entry and put on the next plane home.

Nigeria Seeks U.S. Immigration Clarity, Advises Against Non-Urgent Travel

The Federal Government has issued a travel warning to Nigerians:it  has  advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S. to postpone their travel plans until the Trump  administration’s policy on immigration is clear.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa gave the advice in Abuja on Monday.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement by her media aide Abdurrahman Balogun, said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by her office.

Tourism takes a new turn towards Sustainable Development

As the UN's International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development gets under way, Sebastian Shehadi examines the investment and visitor numbers that make tourism such an important sector to many countries.

The UN has declared 2017 the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. While not exactly the snappiest of titles, the designation recognises the contribution that tourism makes to socio-economic development, as well as the growing consumer demand for environmentally low-impact tourism.

Pilgrim Commission Urges FG to Strengthen Local Airlines

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Tor Uja, has called on the Federal Government to strengthen local airlines in the country to become a global business sector.

Uja made the call at the closing ceremony of the conference of Pilgrimage and Managers of Nigeria, held on Friday at the Goshen City in Nasarawa State.

The focus of the conference was ``Pilgrimage, the Church and Nigeria”.

World Tourism President Urges Leaders to Keep Borders Open

The President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Mr David Scowsill, has urged world leaders not to close borders in response to the growing threat of terrorism.

Scowsill made this pledge while speaking at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the organisation’s annual Global Summit in Dallas, on Thursday.

"Don’t close borders in response to terrorism, because closing borders and jeopardising the freedom to travel is not the answer to the current security concerns."

Buhari Receives Equatorial Guinea's Highest Honour

President Muhammadu Buhari late Monday in Malabo received Equatorial Guinea's highest national honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence, and dedicated it to the people of Nigeria, who, he said, have worked tirelessly for peace in the country and Africa.

"I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people.

"There has never been a time for greater neighbourliness on our continent in the interest of peace, security and economic stability than now," President Buhari said at the investiture ceremony.

Yuletide: FG Declares Dec. 24, 25, 28 Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Dec. 24, Dec.25 and Dec. 28 public holidays to mark Eid el-Maulud, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, respectively.

The Minister of the Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in Abuja in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.

"The Federal Government has declared Thursday, 24th December, 2015 as public holiday to mark Eid-El-Maulud celebration.

Expert Hinges Boom in Tourism Development on Improved Infrastructure

The CEO, De-Image Creation and Fashion School, Lagos, Temilola Akintayo, has said that the tourism industry would become a major contributor to the nation’s economy in future if the problems affecting infrastructure were addressed.

Akintayo told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday that the industry was the second largest employer of labour in the world.

``The sector is capable of sustaining a nation due to its verse potential.

Museum Chief Decries Underdevelopment of Ecotourism in Nigeria

The Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Yusuf Usman, said that ecotourism was not getting the needed attention and development.

Usman spoke during his keynote address at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Eco- tourism is not well developed in Nigeria; we only have culture, tourist sites, galleries and museums. We need to have a well developed ecotourism to complement other aspects of tourism in the country,” he said.

CBN Approves $1,000 as PTA to Christian Pilgrims

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has approved maximum purchase of 1,000 dollars as Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) at an exchange rate of ₦160 per dollar to Christian pilgrims.

The bank disclosed this in a circular to all authorised dealers and the public from its Trade and Exchange Department which was posted on its website on Thursday.

The CBN said the Federal Government approved a maximum purchase of 1, 000 dollars PTA to each pilgrim in respect of the 2015 Christian pilgrimage to Israel, Rome or Greece.