So, the 61st meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa (UNWTO-CAF) has started in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari was the one who declared it open and at the opening, he asked tourists and investors to consider Nigeria as their second home.

The president, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said his administration has attractive investment incentives for investors in the tourism sector.

Such incentives include minimum tariff on imported tourism equipment, amusement park equipment and materials for hotel construction and furnishing, dedicated transportation for tour operators and equipment for restaurants not manufactured in Nigeria.

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Others include work permit for foreign workers with specialized skills within the industry and land at concessionary rate by state governments to tourism investors.

Buhari said the administration, having identified the tourism sector as one of the pillars of its diversification policy, is also investing heavily in infrastructure and human resource development in order to make Nigeria a choice destination for tourists.

‘’In our efforts at diversifying the economy through agriculture, solid minerals development and tourism, we are investing heavily in infrastructure.

“This administration has injected $9 billion, about 3.2 trillion naira to strengthen its investment in power, roads, railway in the past two years alone.

‘’Also, this government is investing in human resource development through the introduction of the Social Investment Programme that has benefitted nine million people,” Buhari said.

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