Nigeria to boost tourism with carnivals

The government of Nigeria is planning to boost tourism in the country with carnivals.

The government intends to attract more tourists to the country between November and January with carnivals in the cities of Abuja and Calabar. As part of the plan, the nation is initially planning to launch a campsite on the outskirts of Abuja to host the carnival. The government has provided the campsite, and it is expected to come into operation in November.

The nation’s minister for Tourism and Culture, Edem Duke, said that it was essential to broaden Nigeria’s tourism base, and added that the government was prepared to explore new vistas to promote tourism in the nation. He added that the Abuja carnival package would be first of its kind in Africa and would offer attractions for the whole of November. The minister also said that the Carnival at Calabar would extend the festivities to December.

The comments from the minister came soon after Nigeria and South Africa agreed to accelerate the implementation of the ‘Cooperation in the field of Tourism Agreement’, signed in 2008 to deepen tourism relations between the countries. The agreement will cover interactions between tourism and travel trade officials. The nations will also exchange tourism research, statistics, and work together on human resource development.

Duke said that Nigeria needs ‘to continue to forge partnerships and working relationships between Nigeria and South Africa to further boost and grow our tourism sectors to provide employment opportunities, as well as contribute a significant percentage to the economies of our dear nations. Both Nigeria and South Africa have seen a tremendous partnership and significant engagements in areas such as telecommunications, media, tourism and aviation. This has led to more than $3bn in trade volume between South Africa and Nigeria. And there is further rich potential for both countries not only to maintain this mutual and symbiotic relationship, but to up the ante too.’

Air Nigeria Commences Flights from Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick Airport has announced a new service to Lagos, in Nigeria, with flights offered by Nigeria’s national carrier, Air Nigeria.

Air Nigeria is offering passengers a daily flight to Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, from London Gatwick Airport, using an A330-200 aircraft. The service became operational as of May 17, 2012, and the airline has stated that its intention is to offer a unique onboard experience on its flights at affordable fares.

David Amurun, the country manager for Air Nigeria in UK, said, ‘Air Nigeria’s return to its long hub operations with a London-Lagos route is exciting news for passengers. After a successful turn-around of the airline over the last two years, the airline is now well positioned to compete favourably on the international market. Gatwick Airport has excellent links into London and the South East making it easily accessible for business and leisure travellers.’

The new route is expected to strengthen business and tourism relations between UK and Nigeria.

Guy Stephenson, the chief commercial officer of Gatwick Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Air Nigeria and its passengers to the airport today. We expect this route to be very popular, not only for people wishing to meet up with friends and family, but also with businesses in London and the South East wanting to help strengthen trade and investment links between the two countries. Nigeria is the third fastest growing economy in the world and is important therefore that we continue to help broaden trade links with these growing markets.’