Hospitality and Tourism

COVID-19: Nigerian travel agencies lose ₦180b –Association

The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) says that travel agencies in the country have suffered financial losses to the tune of about N180 billion since the outbreak of coronavirus.

The National President of the association, Mr Bankole Bernard, made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos.

Bernard said the outbreak of the pandemic had grounded the global travel business in which Nigeria is key player.

“It is disheartedning that travel agencies have suffered losses of over N180 billion since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Lagos economy records over ₦50b cash transaction in December

Lagos state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde says the economy of the State received a major boost in the entertainment, hospitality and creative sectors in December 2018, with over N50bn cash transaction.

The State says reports monitored, especially during Christmas and New Year festivities, captured the spending which was slightly higher than December 2017 which also recorded a good run in travel, entertainment and leisure-related spending.

Ethiopia now to give all Africans visas on arrival

Ethiopia is to issue visa on arrival to all Africans starting Nov. 9, according to Fitsum Arega, chief of staff at the Ethiopian Prime Minister.

In a press statement, Arega said the visa-on-arrival policy for fellow African visitors is in line with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s vision of a closer and full integration in the continent.

US Remains World’s Biggest Tourism Market –Report

World Travel & Tourism Council research shows that both the US and UK tourism sectors achieved solid performances in 2017, however political uncertainty and rising competition from other markets pose future long-term challenges. Timothy Conley reports.

The US remains the largest tourism market in the world, with tourist-related activities generating $1500bn for the US economy in 2017, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Fixing the Challenges Frustrating Tourism in Africa

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.

Nigeria to Host World Tourism Conference

Nigeria has won the right to host the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference in 2018.

This is an indication of the confidence of the global community has in Nigeria.

Nigeria, on Wednesday, won the right to host the conference at the 61st meeting of African Ministers in charge of Tourism tagged UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF)

“This is a global endorsement of programmes and efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, ” Lai Mohammed, the information and culture minister said.

Collaboration among stakeholders will grow tourism in Nigeria –Experts

Experts in the travel and tourism industry have stated that cooperation among the major stakeholders in the industry is the panacea for growth. This was stated at the recently concluded Tourism Summit organised by Jumia Travel, which had the theme, “Redefining the Roles of Industry Stakeholders in Shaping the 21st Century Travellers Experience.”

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.