Dubai, 30 firms hold tourism roadshow in Port Harcourt
Regional Director, International Operations, Dubai Tourism, Stella Fubara, and 30 businesses in hotel, medical and hospitality participated in tourism roadshow in Port Harcourt at the weekend organised by Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).
The event is aimed at equipping travel agents and tour operators in Nigeria to improve their businesses and enhance in-bound travels to Nigeria.
Fubara said: “Prior to COVID-19, we used to come to Nigeria every year across at least three cities, normally Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. Now, we have extended it to Kano.
“COVID-19 came and we had to suspend roadshows. This is our first time back since 2020. The reason for the roadshow is to assist travel agents and tour operators in Nigeria to improve their business and to know more about destinations that really serves Nigerians.
“We are here to help them grow their business, grow the economy and grow education. Everything we do is to enable the travel industry here to be more knowledgeable about what they do. In today’s roadshow, we have about 30 entities from medicals to hotels, among others.”
Speaking also, the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Yibo Koko, said there was need to promote domestic tourism.
“We have been doing this pre-COVID-19. We have some of our youngsters in Rivers State, who went there from the arts and they were there for 10 days and came back.
“When you talk about domestic tourism, even the travel and tour agencies, who have understanding of the incentives they get from Dubai to be able to do out-bound tourism, they need to also work with us internally, for us to do in-bound tourism.”