Africa’s largest and most populous economy. Nigeria moves to the rhythm of a wealth of tourism, sports and cultural events. There’s no way you could ever get bored! Nigeria’s major cities are known for exotic resorts, boutiques, music fiestas, nightlife and entertainment of all sorts. The country cities boast of wild-life conservation parks, cinemas, museums, festivals and major international music and cultural fiestas.
The main thrust of the policy on tourism is to make Nigeria a prominent tourism destination in Africa, generate foreign exchange, encourage even development, promote tourism-based rural enterprises, generate employment, accelerate rural-urban integration and foster socio-cultural unity among the various regions of the country through the promotion of domestic and international tourism. It also aims at encouraging active private sector participation in tourism development.
AIRPORTS AND SEAPORTS
The country has twenty-three (23) local airports, several domestic airlines and major foreign airlines combine to link Nigeria with the rest of the world through international airports: Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Uyo. Nigeria has five seaports: Apapa, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Tin Can Island, Warri. Ibom and Lekki seaports are under construction.
Several hotels in Nigeria are operated by international franchise chain hotels such as Sheraton, Hyatt, Hilton and Le Meridien. Excellent restaurants offering a wide range of choice in meals, drinks and entertainment are also in abundance in Nigerian cities
Nigeria is bounded in the South by the Atlantic Ocean, which for about 800km washes the nation’s sandy, coastline. The various beaches are unique tourist sites lined with coconut and palm groves, and Golf courses for recreation.
CULTURE AND ARTS
As a nation of diverse people and culture, the various ethnic characteristics provide opportunity for cultural tourism of compelling attractions. Throughout Nigeria, there are cultural and historical sites that have been preserved. In many communities, annual traditional festivals are held. There are famous regattas and fishing festivals. Many areas of the country are good in crafts, carvings and sculpture. Many museums exhibit the famous Benin and Ife bronzes and terracotta, traditional art, craft, music, dance and drama.