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ENUGU —  The Enugu State Government says it has captured an additional 251 functional hotels within its database as part of a drive to improve hospitality and tourism businesses in the state. The General Manager of Enugu State Tourism Board, Chief Steve Odo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that the number of hotels captured by the government is now 403. Odo spoke on the sidelines of his achievements within one...

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UYO — A Bill to establish the State Tourism, Arts and Culture Endowment Fund (AKSTACEF) has been passed into law by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Thursday. The member representing Itu State Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Industry, Commerce and Tourism Hon KufreAbasi Edidem while presenting the report explained that the new law, when assented to by the state Governor, would boost the funding of the tourism sector as well as improve the...

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The Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Saturday inaugurated the Unity Park for public use as a tourist attraction and a place for relaxation. Inaugurating the park amid jubilation, Gov. Ugwuanyi said, “The project offers the good people of Enugu State an opportunity to relive the past when the City urbanization had not obliterated our recreation areas; the park responds to the yawning gap in the lifestyle of the Coal City”. The Unity Park is...

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ABUJA — The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Friday, witnessed increased traffic due to the huge number of passengers travelling to different parts of the country to celebrate Easter. Reports by The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that flights from Abuja to other routes were fully booked before Thursday. Also, booking and check-in counters of many airlines were crowded with travelers rushing to board their flights. Many of the airline officials who spoke with...

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ABUJA —  The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) on Wednesday solicited an enduring partnership with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to promote the growth of the tourism sector in Nigeria. Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the editorial management of NAN in Abuja, the Director-General of the NTDC, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, said that he needed to collaborate with NAN to drive the vision of the NTDC as laid out by the Federal...

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LAGOS —  Mr. Ikechi Uko, a tourism businessman, on Monday advised tourists intending to hike at waterfalls and at other water bodies to acquire adequate knowledge about hiking to guide against accidents. Uko gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) against the backdrop of the hiking mishap that occurred at Farin Ruwa Waterfall, Nasarawa State, on Saturday, Jan. 23. He said that Nigerian tour operators and tour guides must also...

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Egypt reopened 31 more hotels for tourists last week amid anti-COVID-19 measures. This raised the number of hotels reopened nationwide to 572, an Egyptian Tourism Ministry official said in a statement on Saturday. The hotels have been reopened with a limited capacity after receiving an official hygiene safety certificate issued by a joint inspection commission from the ministries of Tourism and Health, said Abdel-Fattah al-Aasy, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for monitoring hotel facilities....

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The British High Commission in Nigeria has said effort to reopen visa application for intending travellers to the United Kingdom is on. In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the high commission suspended services whilst a lockdown was imposed by the federal government to limit the spread of the virus. In a statement on Thursday, the British High Commission disclosed that UK application centres are soon to be reopened in a phased manner globally. The Commission...

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The Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen policies that would transform the country into a world-class tourist hub. Sen. Eze Ajoku, President of the coalition made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Sunday in Abuja, in reaction to the increasing emigration of Nigerians to Dubai for tourism. Ajoku said that tourism was a very important economic component capable of...

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Spain, on Monday, urged foreign tourists to return from July as one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns eased, with streets gradually filling again and some pupils returning to school. The world’s second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to handle the COVID-19 pandemic but has seen out the worst and plans to lift a 14-day quarantine requirement on overseas arrivals within weeks. “It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to...

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