Nigerian Tourism Sector
The Nigerian Tourism industry has perhaps a greater potential than any other single industry, due to its multiplier effects to support economic growth and job creation. The prevalence of several natural and historic tourist sites add to the sectors potential to be one of the effective generator of revenue for the country when fully developed. Two of these (Sukur World Heritage site at Adamawa and Osun Oshogbo Sacred Grove are already in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list). In addition, the entertainment subsector particularly the film industry, being the third (3rd) largest in the world, currently contributes over two percent (2%) to gross domestic product (GDP) with vast potential for expansion.
Recognizing its economic potential Federal Government of Nigeria has prioritized tourism as one of its key drivers of growth and diversification, while several States that have focused on its development have followed suit. The recognition of tourism potential is highlighted in the various Development Strategies of the country, as well as the development of a National Tourism Policy (NTP) and the establishment of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) by Act 81 of 1992. Tourism investment atmosphere in Nigeria is conducive given the abundant resources available, large market, enthronement of enduring democracy, and a package of incentives put together by government.
• The policy thrust is to develop sustainable tourism by capitalizing on heritage diversity as a basis for promoting domestic and international tourism.
• This is aimed at being competitive (sustainable tourism development) within the confines of the World Tourism Market and open up Nigeria as a major tourist destination in Africa through development of international tourism and promotion of domestic tourism.
• The policy will generate foreign exchange, encourage smooth development, promote tourism based rural enterprises, generate employment and accelerate urban and rural cultural heritage.
• Nigerians will be encouraged to spend their holidays in Nigeria and to know more about the country.
• The policy is further aimed at developing Nigeria into the regional airline main hub with a view to coordinating and facilitating air travels to all parts of Africa and integrating all blacks, particularly those of Nigerian origin.
• Development of Hiking Trails and Jeep Tracks in the National Parks
• Construction of Tourist Lodges and Hotels
• Development of Amusement Parks, Entertainment Facilities And Shopping Services
• Construction of reception International Exhibition Centres and Convention Halls
• Provision of cable bus system to take tourist through the very rugged but scenic terrain of the mountains especially in Kanyang, Obudu and Mambilla Plateau
• Construction of lodge cabin for expedition tourists and rangers
• Establishment of hotels and resorts near waterfalls, springs caves and temperate climate areas such as Obudu, Jos and Mambilla Plateau
• Establishment of Boating and Sport Fishing Facilities
• Establishment of Holiday Resorts along the Coasts
• Provision of means of Transporting Tourists such as Airline, Buses, Ferries etc
- The Executive Secretary/CEO,
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
Plot 1181, Aguiyi-Ironsi Street,
Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 (09) 2904882, +234 - 704 6346232
- The Honourable Minister,
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation
Phase II, Federal Secretariat,
Block A, 1st Floor,