Fixing the Challenges Frustrating Tourism in Africa

Challenges

The United Nations designated the year 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development due to tourism’s capacity to enhance economic growth through job creations, attraction of investment, fostering entrepreneurship, preservation of ecosystem and biodiversity, protection of cultural heritage and promotion of empowerment of local communities. Even at the international and national levels, policy makers have come to recognise the potential of tourism and this knowledge is reflecting on the laws and policies being formulated. Beyond just enhancing inclusive growth and economic development, tourism can complement development strategies…

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Why Governments Alone Should Not Be Left To Cater For Education – Professor Omisore

Professor Omisore

L-R: Lagelites Oluniyi Oyedokun, Kolawole Amole, Olayinka Agboola and Bolanle Adeyemi at the event.   Influential Nigerians, groups and associations have been admonished to lend hands of support to governments at all levels to radically transform the country’s education sector. This admonition was given by Professor Emmanuel Olufemi Omisore of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife over the weekend while speaking at the 2017 Reunion of the 1982 set of old boys of Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan. Professor Omisore who is also the National President of Lagelu Grammar School Old Boys (LAGSOBA) explained further that the economic recession being…

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Understanding The Economics Of Tourism In Nigeria

In most gatherings of experts in the travel & hospitality industry, tourism as a tool in diversifying the Nigerian economy has received the most attention and provoked lots of intellectual comments. This is not surprising at all considering the huge potential that this particular sector possesses. In most developed and developing countries, tourism has enriched the economies of these countries thus becoming one of the major sources of income and a pillar of commerce. The decision to grow tourism into a consistent and sustainable means of income by these countries…

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#BBNaija: Television As Madness By Reuben Abati

What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa.  Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung Aduwak took charge so brilliantly, there was a similar eruption of incandescent joy. I was relieved because for about 70…

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Xenophobic Attacks: Dabiri-Erewa Blasts South African Home Affairs Minister

Senior Special Adviser (Foreign Affairs) to the President, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described as insensitive the suggestion by Mr. Malusi Gigaba, South African Home Affairs Minister, that diplomacy is the solution to attacks on Nigerians in his country. In a personally signed statement issued on Sunday, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said: “It appears that Mr. Gigaba would rather dwell on and entertain himself with diplomatic niceties when the welfare of Nigerians resident in South Africa are at stake now more than any time in recent history. “His response to the xenophobic attacks, which…

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What Made Up The 97% Of Domestic Travel’s Contribution To Tourism Revenue In 2016?

Travellers at the airport

The data presented in the recently published hospitality report on the Nigerian hospitality sector by Jumia Travel has finally cleared the air on the argument that Nigeria doesn’t have enough tourist destinations to attract people’s interest to spend their holidays in the country instead of traveling to some popular holiday destinations abroad. It’s fair to say that without the economic woes that plagued the country last year which placed lots of pressure on people’s spending habit, no one would have fully understood how much the country can generate from the…

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Breaking DSTV’s Monopoly On PayTv In Nigeria

A monopoly that many Nigerians have struggled to understand or entrepreneurs have battled to break is that of DStv. It has, so far, defied nearly all competitions to dominate the PayTv industry in Nigeria. We can all recall how HiTV made a cameo attempt at shattering the monopoly. HiTV came like a thief in night, wrestle the rights to broadcast not only the English Premier League (EPL), which has a fanatical following in Nigeria, but also, the English FA, the UEFA champions League, and Europa Cup but in the morning;…

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Why the Recession Will Grow Nigeria’s Travel & Hospitality Industry

The International Monetary Funds (IMF) predicted in 2015 that Nigeria’s economy will slide into a recession in 2016 by 1.8 per cent. The forecast indicated that our economy will grow at a much slower pace than South Africa’s. Months after the prediction, truly Nigeria slipped into a recession. Everywhere around the world, recession is one of the most dreaded economic downturns. The reasons – although not far-fetched – include, but not limited to, drop in stock market, hike in unemployment, salary cuts in most private establishments and monumental decline in…

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Hashimu Suleiman Says He Regrets Trekking From Lagos to Abuja for Buhari

Hashimu Suleiman, the man who trekked from Lagos to Abuja in celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in 2015 presidential election says he regrets embarking on that trek because of the situation of things in the country. Suleiman said he regretted trekking for Buhari who has now made life unbearable for the masses. According to Daily Post, he was quoted saying: “Removing fuel subsidy at the hard time is not palatable to hearing when so many workers and laborers can hardly put food on their table, many company have fold…

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Fantastically Corrupt: Cameron Must Apologise To Nigerians, Buhari Says Orji Kalu

The former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged British Prime Minister, David Cameron to apologise to Nigerians and President Muhammadu Buhari over his comment that Nigeria is fantastically corrupt. Read full statement below: “My attention and that of the Nigerian public have been drawn to the recent statements made by the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron in which he characterized Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt country” during his briefing to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth just before the anti corruption summit which was attended by President…

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