Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who received the organisers and contestants of the Miss Polo International Beauty Pageant, due to hold in Abuja, stated that Nigeria is fast becoming a destination of choice for international tourists.
According Lai Mohammed, tourists now come to Nigeria because of the favourable policies of the present administration.
“There is no doubt that Nigeria is fast becoming a destination of choice for international tourists, thanks to the country’s hospitable people, the country’s increasingly-high rating in the international community and the successes achieved by the present Administration in ensuring the security of lives and property, as well as providing the such infrastructure as power, roads, and rail.
The Administration’s Visa On Arrival policy is also helping in making Nigeria a destination of choice for tourists and business people in general. The Federal Government will continue to pursue those policies that are fast turning Nigeria into a destination of choice: Enhancing security, building infrastructure, implementing the tourism master-plan, and strengthening the Visa On Arrival Policy,” he said.
The Minister told organisers and contestants of the Miss Polo International Beauty Pageant, that Nigeria has hosted high profile international events such as the UN World Tourism Organisation-Commission for Africa Meeting, which was attended by Tourism Ministers and representatives from 51 African countries, as well as the World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) that attracted journalists and editors from around the world.
Lai Mohammed further stated that from the testimonies of the participants at the UNWTO-CAF Meeting and the IPI World Congress, it was clear that what they saw when they visited Nigeria is totally at variance with what they may have heard or read about the country. He concluded by saying that the recent surprise visit by President Emmanuel Macron of France to the African Shine in Lagos, also confirmed that Nigeria is now set to receive global tourists.