Tourism will Boost Nigeria Economy, Create Job Opportunities

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Tour Operator and Director, Explore With Jimmy Theophilus, Mr Ojo Folajimi, has disclosed that tourism will boost Nigerian econmy and creat job opportunities, if Nigeria could focus more on tourism.

He said the history and business of tourism began when wealthy citizens of ancient Rome decided they would rather spend their summers away from the city, taking trips to the countryside and coast

Tourism has been one of the major source of income where some countries generate revenue, globalization and the growing trends of travelling have increased the number of people travelling to foreign countries each year. This frwoijg trends has brought with it increased GDP growth due to tourism spending while some countries receive more visitors than other

For example, Europe plays a vital role in the economic impact of the global travel industry. For the European economy alone, travel and tourism directly contributed an estimated 782 billion euros to the GDP in 2018 and 14:4 million jobs through direct employment in the sector

Countries such as the United States and other African countries in Africa such as Kenya as added to the growth of their country econmy through tourism.

Below are some top countries with the largest tourism industries (GDP)

• United States ($488 billion)

• China ($224 billion)

• Germany ($130.8 billion)

• Japan ($106.7 billion

• United Kingdom ($103.7 billions

• France ($89.2 billion)

• Mexico ($79.7 billiom)

• Italy ($76.3 billion)

• Spain ($68.8 billion)

• Brazil ($56.3 billion)

These countries makes huge amount of money through tourism which has placed the countrie on the world map and also added to the countries econmy growth

Every day, through the whole world wide, countries welcomes visitors from other part of the world that come for tours for different purposes and reasons. One of the reasons why people travel for tours is

• Some people travel got fun

• Some people travel to learn the history, culture or tradition of a city or country, or learn about the people who live there or their ancestors

• People from cold places from North Europe or North America travel to warmer places and visit beaches

• Some people travel to do an activity which they cannot do at home, there are lots of ski resorts in the mountains of Switzerland and Austria and seaside resort in Greece and other warm countries

• People sometimes visit friends and Families in another city or country

• Finally, some people enjoy a change in scenery. City people travel to forests and desert and vise versa

Advantages of tourism

• ECONOMIC – it brings in money. This is probably the main advantage of tourism and the reason why it has been promoted so much, especially in developing countries. The income generated can make up a significant proportion of both private, local, and national incomes

• OPPORTUNITY – it provided jobs. Hotels, bars, transport, activities, shop, and restaurants all need staffing. Tourism can provide much needed employment for people

• INFRASTRUCTURE – it provides a means and an incentives for investment in infrastructure such as roads, rail networks, and local medical and education facilities

• ENVIRONMENTAL – it can provide economic incentives for a place to preserve, maintain and regenerate the environment in both it an and rural settings

• CROSS – CULTURAL – it can promote international connections which can bring more business and cultural collaboration in the long term. It also promotes cross – cultural awareness for both local and tourist and builds bridges of understanding between cultures

• PROMOTIONAL – it “p me puts of the plav on the map’. Tourism gives the locality a chance to show itself off and raise its profile in the world

Whether travel to learn about historical places, cultures, or tradition if a city/ country, or to learn to about the people who live there or ancestors, or travel to go see nature, or beautiful landscapes, Nigeria is blessed to have them all

Nigerian government should to endeavour to invest more in the tourism sector, preach more about the gospel and the art of tourism in Nigeria. This will attract more visitors from different continent to come explore our cultures, history, tradition, people and other tourist attraction, to add the county’s economy growth, create job opportunities and also place Nigeria and Africa on the world map.

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