The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN, says that less than three per cent of tourists visiting Africa annually, choose Nigeria as their tourism destinations.
The President of FTAN,Karim Rabo, said that the figure was low compared to other African countries that usually recorded huge patronage of tourists.
The president attributed the low patronage to unfriendly attitudes exhibited by Nigerian tour operators and travel agencies.
He said “Nigerian tour operators and travel agents promote more of outbound tourism than inbound which is not encouraging.”
“We need to get it right by promoting more of domestic tourism asset/potential to the outside world than promoting outbound tourism.”
Mr Rabo lamented the lack of proper data that showed the impact of tourism on the Nigeria economy.
The president said that the association was the biggest investor in Nigerian tourism industry, “It has been contributing enormously to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and employs thousands of Nigerians across the country.”