Association of Travel and Tourism Writers of Nigeria (ATTWON) is a professional association made up of writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, public relations experts and hospitality industry representatives in Nigeria. Their major goal is to promote responsible journalism, providing professional support and development for Travel and Tourism writers and encouraging the conservation and preservation of travel resources in Nigeria.

On Tuesday 21st November, 2017, ATTWON opened their new office, The ATTWON Creative Hub at Yaba, Lagos. The event commenced with an introduction of the speakers which consisted of:

They all gave their views on the topic “The Nexus Between the Stats and Travel”.

Introduction of Speakers
Omolola Itayemi, ATTWON President, giving her welcome speech
Omolola Itayemi, ATTWON President, giving her welcome speech
L-R: Mrs. Lola Adewole (NANTA), Mrs. Ibe (NTDC), Mrs. Lola Talabi-Oni (NBS), Otunba Ayo Olumoko, (FTAN South West) and Mrs. Ngozi Ngoka (FTAN South East) during the panel discussion
L-R: Mrs. Ngozi Ngoka (FTAN South East), Mrs. Ibe (NTDC), Otunba Ayo Olumoko (FTAN South West), Omolola Itayemi (ATTWON President) and Mrs. Lola Talabi-Oni (NBS)


Based on reports, Tourism is said to have contributed 1.7% to Nigeria’s GDP in 2016, with an expectation of increasing 1.1% every year till 2025.

Dr. Yemi Kale, the Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, who was represented by Mrs. Lola Talabi-Oni, explained in his brief remarks that the projection by IOD for the Nigerian tourism by 2025 is N1.56trn. He also explained the statistics from across sectors of the economy and how they establish baseline statistics for the Nigerian tourism industry.

In his final remarks, he stated that Nigeria’s tourism sector is resilient and has a great tendency for continues growth. He also stated that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are focused on building partnerships, developing internal capacity for the compilation of Tourism Satellite Accounts and improving the quantity, quality and accessibility of tourism statistics in Nigeria. He also looks forward to a closer collaboration between NBS and travel and tourism writers, particularly in the area of data gathering and data verification.


This year my company, Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd teamed up with Victor Onofomi aka Le Spinalist to conduct a basic research on the perception of domestic tourism and awareness of the concept of Sustainable Tourism in Nigeria.

During the ATTWON program, I was given the opportunity to brief the audience about the research, why we did it and our findings.

Based on the findings, it was concluded that the gospel of Sustainable Tourism needs to be spread till everyone in the Nigerian Tourism industry is fully aware of the benefits of the concept which will help develop the Nigerian economy, environment and promote the cultural values of the host tourism communities. The research also showed that Nigerians appreciate domestic tourism and are exploring more Nigerian tourist sites. But their major concerns which needs improvement are the poor management culture and low quality of services at these various tourist sites.

In this note, it is important to state that using statistics to explain findings in the Travel and Tourism industry is very essential for both record purposes and reference report.

For someone who does not really like the research process, I saw the necessity to conduct this  research because it was hard finding accurate and authentic report on the Nigeria Tourism industry. If you need someone to help you with collating and analyzing of data, I recommend Victor Onofomi aka Le Spinalist. He and his team do an awesome job.

Have you done any research that would benefit the Nigeria Tourism industry and would be useful to the NBS Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)? You can check Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for more information on how you can share your report with them.

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    • Funmi
    • November 23, 2017

    Welldone Nnenna with your research. Also, just learning about ATTWON.

    • David Atabo
    • November 23, 2017

    I am really excited with how the gospel of sustainable tourism is spreading, more better with data collections like the one you and Spinalist collated. Sustainable tourism is the the better way to do tourism. Not only would the community benefit, even the tourist gets to benefits. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Ajala Nene would appreciate your reply, thanks! 😊

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