MY FIRST VIRTUAL TOURISM EXPERIENCE
In one day, I visited three Nigerian Tourist sites in three different states: Lekki Conservation Center in Lagos State, Olumo Rock in Ogun State and Ogbunike cave in Enugu State. And this was done in just a few minutes, thanks to Virtual Tourism 😁
Honestly, it felt so real!! The Ogbunike cave was exciting because I have never been there before. I felt like I was in a real cave. What made it really awesome was that it was in 3D!
LAUNCH OF VIRTUAL TOURISM AT TIDA 2018
Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture unveiled the first Virtual Tourism in Nigeria at Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA) 2018 Conference in Lagos State. Other Special Guests including RT. Hon. Muyiwa Oladapo, Ogun State Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, the representative of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Mrs. Ibe representing Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, Director General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and other guest speakers for the conference were all present at the launch.
TIDA 2018 CONFERENCE: IMPACT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ON THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY
Mr. Steven Ayorinde spoke on how the Lagos Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture would be inaugurating their first Lagos Tourism Calendar. This is to encourage people to plan ahead for events in Lagos. Also to improve influx of tourists to Lagos, a ‘One Stop Lagos’ tour package has been create to encouraged visitors on business or in transit to other states, to explore Lagos for about 24-48 hours.
Mr. Muyiwa Oladipo, the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, spoke about the ‘African Drum Festival’ which he cordially invited everyone to attend in April 2018 at Abeokuta. He explained how the drum is a very important tool for communication. In Nigeria and Africa, the use of drums at events, especially festivals, is very common. To celebrate this unique heritage, they started the Annual African Drum Festival in Abeokuta where people from all over Nigeria and Africa come to display their drumming skills.
Mrs. Ibe, representative of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) talked about the importance of preserving our cultural heritage. She explained how Tour Nigeria, an NTDC initiative that promotes domestic tourism in Nigeria, is paving the way for developing the tourism industry.
INTRODUCTION OF TOURISM ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (TEDA) AT TIDA 2018
The idea of TEDA was developed to train and nurture young entrepreneurs in the area of tourism. The academy is aimed at filling in the gaps by educating and mentoring entrepreneurs interested in any area of the tourism business. Guests who were interested in joining the academy were encouraged to register during the conference.
I am really excited about the launch of Virtual Tourism and a Tourism Academy in Nigeria.
TIDA was organized by Skyview Communications in partnership with Fidol Trips & Travel Services, Travel Next Door, Avantgarde Tours and KALO Africa. This shows how collaboration is one of the keys to helping the tourism industry in Nigeria grow.
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