The Federal Government has begun the process of selling Nigeria’s local tourism potentials, particularly the Argungu Fishing Festival, to global tourism investors.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Wednesday at the opening of the 2020 International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain.
Speaking at the Fitur trade fair centre of Madrid, where the event holds annually, the minister said Nigeria had aligned its tourism vision with the development of rural tourism.
“We are shifting attention to rural tourism; that is why we are encouraging palace museums and museums in places of worship.
“This is because at the end of the day, those in rural areas are the owners of the cultural sites and tangible assets,” he said.
Mohammed said the theme of Fitur 2020, which centred on development of rural tourism, was in line with the vision of the country for the sector.
He said there was a conscious effort across the world to redirect the efforts on tourism development to rural areas.