A UK-based cultural and tourism advocate, Ms Chermiah Hart, has promised that her non-governmental organization (NGO) would support the development of tourism potential in Nigeria through patronage by international tourists.
Hart, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hart-Culture CIC Firm; an NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that Nigeria has a diverse cultural, art and tourism potential that could attract millions of tourists annually.
Hart who said she was visiting Nigeria for the first time added that she had toured several tourism sites where she saw the rich cultural and tourism assets that the country was and is still endowed with.
“Nigeria is indeed blessed with rich and natural cultural and tourism potential compared to other parts of the world.
“I am tired of seeing artificial things in Europe; but here in Nigeria, I see several natural sites and cultural assets that need to be promoted to the outside world,” she said.
Hart said that what attracted her into coming to Nigeria was to experience African fashion, life styles, culture, arts and the hospitality of Nigerians.
“Lots of Nigerians such as the Nobel Laureate; Prof. Wole Soyinka, Femi Kuti and others have been promoting African, especially, Nigerian culture internationally.
“I also feel I need to experience it myself. “I never regretted my coming despite the negative things I hear about Nigeria. My experience is sellable and worthwhile.
“I am also happy that i have the privilege to see the Oba of Benin during my first visit to Nigeria at the Oba’s post coronation visit to Ekpoma,” she said.
She said that part of her organisation’s mandate was to promote culture globally. Nigeria has been chosen to be one of the leading cultural destinations to be promoted in Africa and globally.
“Nigeria has good and rich culture, hospitable people, several attractions and numerous cuisines, ” she said.
Hart said that she had taken lots of pictures and videos of several tourism sites which she would upload onto her website for international tourists to see.
“These will attract them to visit Nigeria, see and experience new things,” she said.
She said that her NGO would partner with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and some leading Nigeria travel agencies to package international tourists into Nigeria.
“By so doing, Nigeria will experience influx of international tourists into the country, “she said.
She said that she would also take the campaign to secondary and tertiary institutions in U.K for them to have a tourism excursion to Nigeria.