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Pay attention to tourism, SKAL President tells govt.



The Federal Government has been urged to pay more attention to the tourism sector of the country as it has the capacity to transform the economy. Making the call in Lagos during SKAL International Day which held at Lufasi Nature Park along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, President, SKAL International Lagos, Mrs. Rita Ofure Obidike said that with the right type of support from the government, tourism could provide jobs for millions of Nigerians.


Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to do business Among Friends.


The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”. Skål International today has approximately 15,000 members in 400 Clubs throughout over 90 countries.


Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain. Skål International is governed by an Executive Committee of six members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year.


This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential around the world. She however expressed happiness that state governments are beginning to give tourism the needed assistance because of sudden realisation that it is a money spinning venture if well harnessed.


She lamented that most of the problems arose because they were not partnering with the right people. “The tourism industry needs to have some more attention from the government. The Federal Government and some state governments have started to give tourism the needed attention. It is a good development and we are ready to partner with them.

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