The Rivers State Government and the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) have stepped up efforts to expand the inbound and outbound sectors to boost domestic tourism.
As part of the mission, more than 30 companies, including DET, arrived in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, to participate in a road show aimed at improving the efficiency of tourism development in Rivers State. The road show covers about 30 objects; from medical institutions to hotels, hospitals and others.
Speaking on the move, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) CEO Yibo Koko said there is also a need to develop domestic tourism. “Travel and travel agencies that understand Dubai’s incentives for outbound tourism should work with us in-house so that we can handle inbound tourism.”
For her part, Dubai Tourism Regional Director of International Operations Stella Fubara said that the roadshow in Nigeria, especially in Port Harcourt, is meant to arm travel agents and tour operators with what they should apply not only to destinations, but and within the country. connected travel to Nigeria.
She said: “We are here for our annual road show. Before COVID-19, we came to Nigeria every year and moved to at least three cities, usually Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. We have now extended it to Kano. The pandemic came and we had to put the road show on hold. This is our first return since 2020. The goal of the road show is to help travel agents and tour operators in Nigeria improve their business; to learn more about destinations that truly serve Nigerians. We are here to help them grow their businesses, their economy, and improve their education.”
She continued, “Everything we do is aimed at making the tourism industry in Nigeria more aware. Of course, they take these tools, be it training or road shows, and apply them to their destinations and trips to Nigeria.