By Justina Auta
Abuja – The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) on Tuesday urged media practitioners to give adequate attention to tourism in their reportage, to further promote potential that are abound in the sector across the country.
The Director-General of the corporation, Mr Folorunsho Coker made the call, when the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
“ I urged Journalists to pay sustained attention to the coverage of ideas, policies, activities and events in Tourism that contributes positively to the development of tourism that contributes positively to the development of the country.’’
He emphasised the role of the media in achieving any nation’s development, stressing the need to promote domestic tourism product for job creation, increased revenue and promotion of the country’s culture.
Coker further reiterated the commitment of NTDC to partner with the association in order to achieve a redefined tourism sector that would bring about economic growth and development in the country.
Earlier, the association’s President, Mr. Andrew Okungbowa, stressed the need to study the nation’s tourism policy in order to further develop the sector, as well as to achieve the aim of the corporation.
“ Tourism remains a veritable industry for developing the country on all fronts because of its multiplier effects and the fact that it is the largest employer of labour.
He assured NTDC of the association’s support to promote domestic tourism, which he said was the bedrock for any nation’s economic development.
“ We will offer our unalloyed support and partnership with you in the promotion of domestic tourism which is a veritable tool for global packaging and re-branding of Nigeria’s Tourism.
“In line with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) uniformity of standards and best practice,’’ Okungbowa said.