By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Stakeholders in the Tourism Sector on Friday urged the Federal and State Governments in Nigeria to create conducive atmosphere for private investors in the sector.
According to the stakeholders ,doing this will among other things, create more employment for the youth in particular.
Speaking at a workshop organized for Youths in the South West by an Ibadan based Tourism Company , Capricorn Concierge Tourism to commemorate this yesr’s Tourism Day , the Stakeholders emphasized that Private investors have major role to play in growing the sector .
In his lecture at the training attended by over 200 participants drawn from different part of the region which exposed the youths to opportunities in the industry and how they can make money through tourism.the Guest lecturers, Prince Gani Adebiyi , a former Vice President, Federation of Tourism Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (FTAN) in his paper titled “Tourism and Jobs, Better Future For All” disclosed that the tourism industry is driven by the private sector and what government needs to do is to provide an enabling environment for the private investors to thrive in the sector.
Prince Adebiyi in his lecture highlighted some ways government at all levels can provide an enabling environment in the Tourism Sector
“We want to see a situation where government will give loans to tourism companies, reduce taxes, develop tourism attractions and put in place infrastructure and basic amenities”, he said.
The Managing Director Capricorn Concierge Tourism Company, Mr Tayo Araoye, in his keynote address said domestic tourism is not migrant business, adding that “poor participation in the domestic tourism is one of the causes of unemployment in Nigeria because other industries have limited space for jobs.”
Mr Araoye added, “this program is awareness for the youths to expose, enlighten them and after the seminar we engage them in training. This will enable them to acquire different kind of skills”
Another key Speaker at the workshop, Dr Mrs Joan Mary Ogiogwa dwelled extensively on the need for government to create conducive environment for private investors in the sector.