Nigerian tourism Fans’ Village to host over 5,000 visitors in Brazil


No fewer than 5,000 Nigerians, and the Diaspora as well as foreigners are expected as guests at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Fans Village during the 2014 World Cup tournament holding between June 12 and July 13 in Brazil. The Naija Fans Village, which is marketed by Agile Communications, will be located at Sao Paulo, the camp of the Eagles for the World Cup.
The Director-General of NTDC Mrs Sally Mbanefo said in a statement that the corporation shall explore the opportunity of the World Cup in Brazil to sell Nigeria’s domestic tourism to Nigerians, home and abroad, and also to foreigners.
“Domestic tourism remains the best approach to promote Nigeria’s tourism and create wealth for the nation and the people. Hence, we are investing tenacious efforts on promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria to empower local government at the grass level, create jobs at local governments, reduce urban migration, to encourage integration of culture within Nigeria and to encourage unity,” Mbanefo said.
Mbanefo disclosed that the corporation was collaborating with ZA Entertainment, the sister parastatal in the Tourism and Culture Ministry, NIPC, NSC, NFF and NEPC to promote fascinating domestic tourist destinations in Nigeria, adding that if other Nigerians visit tourist sites in the local communities jobs would be created and revenue be generated for the states.
The NTDC boss stated that the corporation will also explore the opportunity provided by the football fiesta to promote the rich culture- music, ethnic fashion, Nollywood, cuisine, arts and non-oil export products in the country.
She reiterated that apart from promoting domestic and sports tourism, the event will garner support as Nigerians cheer the Super Eagles to victory at the global Mundial and positively project Nigeria’s image.
“We must tell Nigeria’s story ourselves: Nigeria is great, Nigeria is beautiful,” Mbanefo said,
while charging all Nigerians to partner and support the initiative.