By Genevieve Ananti
Over 27 Dubai-based delegates were present at the Dubai Tourism West Africa Road Show in Abuja alongside local partners in the tourism sector to draw attention to the biggest tourist attractions in the golf city.
The show was organized as part of Dubai Tourism contribution to increase visitor growth and promote tourism by Nigerian tourists to Dubai, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
According to the Director of International Operations for Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Mrs. Stella Fubara “with continued record-breaking growth rates and a successful 2018 in the tourism sphere, Dubai Tourism aims to further strengthen partnerships with public and private industry stakeholders in Nigeria.” Fubara led the delegates in a full day of presentations and engagement. Special guests in attendance included the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria, H.E. Fahad Al Taffaq; the incoming First Lady of Kwara State, Mrs. Olufolake Abdulrazaq; and Chairman of Dantata Group, Alhaji Tajuddeen Dantata.
Speaking on the importance of Dubai Tourism and Nigeria relations, Ambassador Fahad Al Taffaq stated that “the road show is an effective way to geographically and culturally bridge the east and the west while strengthening already existing relationships between industry stakeholders.” The road show highlighted to key travel partners the many diverse experiences that Dubai has to offer including accommodation, entertainment, travel and events in the city. In addition to this, the event included breakout-networking sessions for partner presentations, one-on-one meetings, an update on Expo 2020, educational sessions and enrollment into the Dubai Expert Certification Program. The road show held in Abuja is the first of three stops in Nigeria, as the event will also hold in Port Harcourt and Lagos on March 20 and March 22, respectively.
By Genevieve Ananti