Stakeholders want multinationals to intervene in domestic tourism




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–  in the nation’s tourism and hospitality sector on Thursday urged multinationals to invest in domestic tourism.

The — a tourism teacher and a consultant — made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in .

Mr Wale Odeyemi, a Senior Lecturer at the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Campus, said the the multinationals would help to develop the industry.

He said such promote in-bound tourism more than out-bound activities.

According to Odeyemi, the organise tours to local tourism sites for winners their various promos instead packaging foreign tours.

“In-bound tourism is more beneficial to the country because it will not only bring the tourism sites to limelight, but also boost the nation’s .

“Promotions done by multinationals through packaging of tours for winners of their promos to tourists’ centres in other countries are not beneficial to the of our domestic tourism.

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“These also make provisions for pleasure visits by winners of their promos to some local tourism sites like the Obudu Cattle Ranch, the Ogbunike Cave, among .

“Such visits will not only promote the tourism sites, but also revive activities around some neglected sites,’’ Odeyemi said.

Mr Kehinde Oluwafunso, a culture and tourism consultant also urged multinationals to assist in developing tourist’s sites across the country.

Oluwafunso, a of Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival Foundation in Nigeria, said the participation of the companies would increase the influx of tourists into the country.

“Big companies, including telecommunication companies, firms little attention to tourism .

“It is important that big companies in the country invest in the industry by developing the various sites as part of efforts to give back to the society.

“It is part of their responsibility to invest in such a sector because the tourism sector is capable of generating employment for youths,’’ he said. (NAN)

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