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Why Tourism Is Underdeveloped In Nigeria
Nigeria is a large country filled with people from different tribes and very unique cultures, there are loads of cultural/tourist centers that can be visited.
In fact, it is safe to say every tribe has its own unique sacred cultural destination and there are about 371 tribes in Nigeria.

That is speaking about the cultural aspect of tourism alone, there are other cool places to visit like resorts, parks, conservation centers and game reserves but the issue is, these places are not properly maintained by the government.

Nigeria could be a huge tourist destination, it's not as dangerous as portrayed in the media.

There are a few states in the Northern part of the country with attacks by Boko Haram, but while they remain a threat still to be contained in those regions, the other states have not had a single incident of terrorist attacks.

Declaring Nigeria as unsafe due to these incidents is similar to considering all of USA as unsafe due to the more frequent cases of mass shootings in the past couple of years.

Tourism is still underdeveloped, but there's a place for people like you and me to promote more of why the country is a great place to visit, and for the public sector to invest more in preserving & developing what makes Nigeria worth visiting.

Nigeria has a diverse culture with its fascinating history preserved in various landmarks, people and museums or art institutions.

However, they are not well preserved or marketed to the public. Even Nigerians are in the dark about some of the cool places in their country.

In contrast, there are thousands of websites that list iconic sites & landmasses in Honolulu, Hawaii for visiting tourists to choose from.

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor Memorial, hiking trails and many beaches each with its unique features, just to name a few.

Every tourist city must be perceived as safe and liveable, inviting for regular working people on vacation.

Hawaii, for example, is a great vacationing destination, with great restaurants, streets, hotels, transportation.

That said, there are so many beautiful & historic cities in Nigeria  Calabar & Ibadan to name a few; cultural music and festivals to enjoy.

 Afro beat at the Fela Shrine & Calabar Festivals; great food - Amala & Gbegiri, jollof rice, edikaikong; and really cool places to visit - Takwa Bay Resort, Terra Couture, Tinapa & the countless beaches in Lagos, the coastal city.

The truth about Nigeria is that besides oil, no other resources have been developed. Ondo State, Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, yet Nigeria is one of the countries in the world with the worst roads. Likewise, tourism, the state of tourism in Nigeria has deteriorated.

There are no major tourist attractions in Nigeria save the National Museum in Lagos, National Theater in Lagos, Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Yankari National Park in Bauchi, Guarara Waterfall in Niger State and some minor ones.

None of the ones listed here can still be termed as a World-Class tourist attraction.

The few tourist attractions (like the beaches, etc) that have the potential to get developed are being hindered by indigenes who extort tourists with impunity

Tourism can be a great money maker for the economy.

In Dubai, the government invest its oil revenue in making the city the prime shopping tourism destination.

Similar, in Hawaii the government consciously attracts tourist traffic by investing in the city's tourism appeal.

It's profitable for the economy as the city charges extra tax on tourists at hotels and visiting centers like those mentioned above.

The Nigerian government does not invest in initiatives that drive tourism. One could say it's partly due to their ignorance, but in fairness, the country is a developing country barely overcoming challenges in power, transportation, job availability and more recently containing terrorism.

The tourism industry has taken the backseat to these more pressing needs. Private investors as well, do not channel their resources here either.

Tourism is really really so underdeveloped in Nigeria...and still very far from it. , I'm not sure there is any allocation in the country's budget that is used for the maintenance of these places, if there is, then it is mismanaged.

Why Tourism Is Underdeveloped In Nigeria

Why Tourism Is Underdeveloped In Nigeria
Nigeria is a large country filled with people from different tribes and very unique cultures, there are loads of cultural/tourist centers that can be visited.
In fact, it is safe to say every tribe has its own unique sacred cultural destination and there are about 371 tribes in Nigeria.

That is speaking about the cultural aspect of tourism alone, there are other cool places to visit like resorts, parks, conservation centers and game reserves but the issue is, these places are not properly maintained by the government.

Nigeria could be a huge tourist destination, it's not as dangerous as portrayed in the media.

There are a few states in the Northern part of the country with attacks by Boko Haram, but while they remain a threat still to be contained in those regions, the other states have not had a single incident of terrorist attacks.

Declaring Nigeria as unsafe due to these incidents is similar to considering all of USA as unsafe due to the more frequent cases of mass shootings in the past couple of years.

Tourism is still underdeveloped, but there's a place for people like you and me to promote more of why the country is a great place to visit, and for the public sector to invest more in preserving & developing what makes Nigeria worth visiting.

Nigeria has a diverse culture with its fascinating history preserved in various landmarks, people and museums or art institutions.

However, they are not well preserved or marketed to the public. Even Nigerians are in the dark about some of the cool places in their country.

In contrast, there are thousands of websites that list iconic sites & landmasses in Honolulu, Hawaii for visiting tourists to choose from.

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor Memorial, hiking trails and many beaches each with its unique features, just to name a few.

Every tourist city must be perceived as safe and liveable, inviting for regular working people on vacation.

Hawaii, for example, is a great vacationing destination, with great restaurants, streets, hotels, transportation.

That said, there are so many beautiful & historic cities in Nigeria  Calabar & Ibadan to name a few; cultural music and festivals to enjoy.

 Afro beat at the Fela Shrine & Calabar Festivals; great food - Amala & Gbegiri, jollof rice, edikaikong; and really cool places to visit - Takwa Bay Resort, Terra Couture, Tinapa & the countless beaches in Lagos, the coastal city.

The truth about Nigeria is that besides oil, no other resources have been developed. Ondo State, Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, yet Nigeria is one of the countries in the world with the worst roads. Likewise, tourism, the state of tourism in Nigeria has deteriorated.

There are no major tourist attractions in Nigeria save the National Museum in Lagos, National Theater in Lagos, Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Yankari National Park in Bauchi, Guarara Waterfall in Niger State and some minor ones.

None of the ones listed here can still be termed as a World-Class tourist attraction.

The few tourist attractions (like the beaches, etc) that have the potential to get developed are being hindered by indigenes who extort tourists with impunity

Tourism can be a great money maker for the economy.

In Dubai, the government invest its oil revenue in making the city the prime shopping tourism destination.

Similar, in Hawaii the government consciously attracts tourist traffic by investing in the city's tourism appeal.

It's profitable for the economy as the city charges extra tax on tourists at hotels and visiting centers like those mentioned above.

The Nigerian government does not invest in initiatives that drive tourism. One could say it's partly due to their ignorance, but in fairness, the country is a developing country barely overcoming challenges in power, transportation, job availability and more recently containing terrorism.

The tourism industry has taken the backseat to these more pressing needs. Private investors as well, do not channel their resources here either.

Tourism is really really so underdeveloped in Nigeria...and still very far from it. , I'm not sure there is any allocation in the country's budget that is used for the maintenance of these places, if there is, then it is mismanaged.
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