By Taiye Baiyerohi
Mr Ladi Jemi-Alade, the Chief Executive Officer of Jemi Alade Tours, says 12 Chinese tourists will be taken on a tour-trip round the country within two weeks by his agency.
Jemi-Alade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that these tourists were interested in acquiring knowledge of Nigeria’s ethnic cultures.
He said that they would visit: Bida, Minna, Ilorin, Zungeru, Abuja and other places that depict Nigeria’s authentic ethnic cultures between May 4 and May 18, 2017.
Jemi-Alade said that the curators of those sites that would be visited would provide the history and stories behind their existence to the tourists.
The tour operator said that he had been able to woo these foreign tourists into the country for them to attract more of their nationals to the country, thereby, encouraging in-bound tourism.
“These tourists will take pictures and video clips of the sites they will visit so that they can show them to their people when they return to their country.
“We believe more of their indigenes will indicate interests in visiting Nigeria again; this will boost in-bound tourism.
Jemi-Alade urged other tour operators to look out for more foreign tourists they could invite to the country to have a feel of the Nigerian rich tourism potential.
He said that the Nigerian tourist sites still needed to be properly marketed to the international tourists; allay their fears about insecurity and encourage them from time to time.
“We are in the best position to groom the nation’s tourism, because tourism is the business of the private investors and not of the government,” he said. (NAN)