Nigerian Tourism: It’s time to make Lai Mohammed’s global trips count

Lai Mohammed

One of the things that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who also has tourism under his portfolio, during his first tenure was noted for was his travelling across the world, attending tourism and culture related meetings. He has continued on this beat in his second tenure. However, a careful look into all the elements that surround these many travels and the benefits of it to Nigeria tourism raises some questions. Basically, these travels are supposed to open up and foster existing links and channels among others…

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Beef bourgignon a la 355

Chef Singbo k Bienvenu       Ingredients One tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Six ounces (170g) bacon, roughly chopped (optional) Three pounds (1 1/2 kg) beef brisket, trimmed of fat (chuck steak or stewing beef) cut into two inch chunks One large carrot sliced 1/2-inch thick One large white onion, diced Six cloves garlic, minced (divided) One pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Two tablespoons flour Three cups red wine like Merlot, Pinot Noir, or a Chianti; for a milder sauce, use only two cups of wine or of…

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How Nigeria can earn billion dollars from tourism in 10 years, by experts

Nigeria tourism despite its huge potential has remained on the back foot, with the nation and stakeholders hardly reaping the multiple benefits, a situation that is blamed on the lack of vision and political will by government at all levels to focus appropriately on the sector. Year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade of development and many nations, including the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), have unfolded ambitious agendas for the sector in this new decade, with UNWTO projecting an arrival figure of 1.8 billion, with just…

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Whither Lagos State tourism?

The sack of the former Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Shulamite Olufunke Adebolu, by Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu, and her replacement with Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile – Yusuf, last month may have come as a surprise to many stakeholders in the sector. Although no official reason is given for her sack from the government, however, this development for many raises a lot of issues about Lagos State tourism move. The most pertinent is, what is the agenda of Sanwo – Olu for the tourism sector besides…

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Nigeria places 95 as Japan tops list of most powerful passports

Nigeria has emerged 95th with Japan topping the list of most powerful passport in the world. This is according to the latest quarterly report released by Global Citizenship and Residence Advisory firm, Henley and Partners, on 2020 list of world’s most powerful passports. Afghanistan as the weakest passport in the globe. Nigeria dropped 19 place in the ranking coming into the beginning of the new decade just as many other African countries also suffered drop in positions with only Seychelles and Mauritius in the top 50. According to the report,…

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Increase in electricity tariffs will impact tourism negatively, warns Amachree

Given the current overhead and the burden of multiple taxations bore by operators in the tourism sector, the Federal Government has been urged to prevail on the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to shelve it planned increase on electricity tariffs as such increase will further improvise the sector which is reeling under myriad of statutory and sundry charges imposed on it by the various arms of government. Chief Mike Amachree gave this caution in a recent press release on the state of tourism in the country. According to Amachree, who…

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Conference Hotel and Suite Abeokuta: Luxury at your call

Located on the Ibrahim Babangida (Presidential) Boulevard, 1, Golf Resort Drive, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Conference Hotel and Suite, which is the latest addition to the hospitality offerings in the ‘Rock City,’ has since opening for business late last year become the centre of attraction in the city, attracting attention from many of the well – wheeled visitors and residents of the city. Your discovering on visiting the hotel is that the fascinating and enchanting façade of the sprawling hotel is more than enough reason for its high rating…

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Swiss International takes on third hotel in Nigeria

Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, has extended its influence in Nigeria hospitality business with the signing of a license agreement for Swiss International the Vistana in Lekki Phase I, Lagos, Nigeria. Located in a serene and highbrow area of the city, Swiss International the Vistana features 50 air-conditioned rooms and suites, with free high-speed Wi-Fi. Guests are invited to dine and unwind at the Swiss Flavours – restaurant & Lounge and Lounge or sip their favourite cocktails at the TED & Co, Bar & Lounge. For business travellers, the hotel…

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$180 billion generating in-destination forum, Arival Dubai, for launch at ATM 2020

Travel, tourism and hospitality professionals from around the world will have an opportunity to explore the next generation of in-destination trends and innovations at the Middle East’s first ever edition of Arival Dubai @ ATM, which will take place alongside Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre holding between April 19 and 22. The dedicated forum, which is scheduled for launch on April 19, will enable vendors, agents and operators of tours, activities and attractions to gain invaluable insights into the latest trends and challenges impacting the…

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Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture to rebrand Ere Ayo Arin game

The Director General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Wale Ojo-Lanre, has made know the plans by the council to rebrand the Ere Ayo Arin cultural offering of the state as one of its cultural export to the world. According to Ojo-Lanre, Ere Ayo Arin is one of the notable traditional games and entertainment products of the state and the people of Yoruba extraction, which is on the verge of extinction, therefore, the council, he said is poised at not only reversing the trend but ensuring that it…

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