Nigeria’s Federal Government will implement its tourism development master plan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Duke Edem has said.
The minister, who spoke in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the information and sensitization workshop, noted that tourism has huge potentials capable of generating employment, creating wealth and reducing poverty.
He said, “The sectoral vision is to make Nigeria a major tourism destination in Africa ranking among the top 20 in the world, and also to make tourism one of the five major income earners in Nigeria.”
According to him, “the target for the plan period of 2010-2013 is to achieve a 10 percent annual growth rate in tourists’ arrival at Nigerian airports and land borders from 2010; increase contribution of tourism to GDP from 2.5percent in 2007 to 5 percent 5 percent by 2013 and increase the number of registered hotels in Nigeria from 1,700 in 2008 to 2,500 by 2013”.
The ministry, he added, intended to develop a two-day entry visa processing procedure for Nigeria embassies.