Hospitality and Tourism

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.

CPC Beams Searchlight on Hospitality Firm

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has beamed its search light into the operations of a Nigerian hospitality company, VIP Express Tourism Limited, following complaints alleging gross abuse of consumers’ rights.

The Council’s action was informed by the number of complaints against the company, some of which alleged that the company reneged on its terms of agreements with consumers on their subscriptions to its hospitality packages.

‘Free Movement within ECOWAS will Strengthen Regional Integration’

The Director, Free Movement and Tourism, of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nfaly Sanoh, has said that free movement within ECOWAS countries would strengthen regional integration.

Mr. Sanoh stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abidjan on Tuesday.

According to him, regional integration can be achieved with the implementation of the already approved bio-metric identity card that can be used by ECOWAS citizens to travel within the sub region.

Nigeria, Belarus to Perfect Trade Agreements

Nigeria will conclude outstanding trade and economic cooperation agreements with Belarus and also pursue other areas of diplomatic relations between both countries; this is according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Vice President disclosed last week when he received the Ambassador of Belarus to Nigeria, Vyacheslav Bekesty and his delegation in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

UK Visa Bond: The Economic Implications

The United Kingdom plans to run a pilot scheme to secure financial bonds of £3,000 each, from selected first-time visitors from a list of six commonwealth countries, including Nigeria. The UK plans to run the project for 12 months, from November 2013.

All the countries, at the receiving end, are crying foul especially India and Nigeria. The UK would be imposing a bond on immigrants, compelling them to make this down payment in lieu of their non-violation of the immigration laws. The £3,000 bond is a prerequisite for the issuance of the six month visa.