Mr Jalal Imani is Africa Director of the Moroccan National Tourism Office.

He has a wish, and that is that Nigeria and his country should come together to promote tourism within Africa.

He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in the Moroccan city of Marrakech during a familiarisation trip organised by his Office.

The trip was organised for the Nigeria travel and tourism operators to meet with their Moroccan counterparts.

The event, which was organised in partnership with the Royal Air Maroc, national carrier of Morroco, was also for the stakeholders from Nigeria to have a forehand experience of the country’s tourism and hospitality opportunities.

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According to Imani, such collaboration, besides its economic benefits, will promote regional peace and unity, transfer of cultural heritage and further boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

He explained that the Moroccan Tourism Office had unique plans and strategy for each country and its collaboration with Nigeria will spring up new frontiers for tourism in the continent.

“Tourism is a tool for peace and regional unity and integration, and for Africa to develop as a global tourism destination, it has to discover itself, because Africa is first for Africans.

“Nigeria has a huge population and economic power in Africa and Morocco is a leading country in North Africa, therefore,  if they work together, other African countries will benefit as well,” Imani said.

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