MEM Trav­els pro­motes des­ti­na­tion Nige­ria for in­bound Tourism

Business Day (Nigeria) - - TRAVEL -

MEM Trav­els, a fast­grow­ing trav­els and tours com­pany in Nige­ria, is keen on pro­mot­ing des­ti­na­tion Nige­ria for in­bound tourism as it show­cased beau­ti­ful La­gos to a team of 25 Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans re­cently.

While in La­gos, the tourists vis­ited many tourism sites in­clud­ing the Lekki Arts and Craft Mar­ket, Nike Art Gallery, Terra Kul­ture, La Manga Beach Re­sort, as well as, cruis­ing on the La­gos wa­ter­ways via Prest Cruise ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to Ke­hinde Adeyemi-abaekere, MEM Trav­els CEO, pro­mot­ing des­ti­na­tion Nige­ria is on the front burner of the or­gan­i­sa­tion as it aims to at­tract thou­sands of for­eign­ers to come ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of Nige­ria.

“Many peo­ple be­lieve Nige­ria is not a leisure hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. That is a wrong im­pres­sion we are out to cor­rect that at MEM Trav­els as we are ded­i­cated to

show­cas­ing the beauty of Nige­ria to for­eign­ers and Nige­ri­ans at home to en­cour­age trav­el­ling to Nige­ria from abroad and travel around Nige­ria by Nige­ri­ans,” Ke­hinde said.

She con­tin­ued, “Our vi­sion to pro­mote des­ti­na­tion Nige­ria was put to test re­cently as we hosted 25 for­eign­ers who ar­rived in Nige­ria from Amer­ica and Canada to a mem­o­rable tour around La­gos and the team left with pos­i­tive sto­ries of Nige­ria, which de­bunked their ear­lier per­cep­tion of our beau­ti­ful coun­try.”

Adeyemi- Abaekere stated the readi­ness of MEM Trav­els to part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions around the world in bring­ing tourists from any part of the world to ex­pe­ri­ence the in­cred­i­ble leisure tourism across Nige­ria.

At Terra Kul­ture where the CEO, Bolanle Austen- Peters, ex­cit­edly re­ceived the guests, the for­eign­ers were en­thralled in Nige­rian cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing learn­ing how to make the fa­mous Nige­rian ‘Adire’, tie and die fab­ric, cul­tural dress­ing, how to tie ‘gele’ head gear, dance steps to tra­di­tional Nige­rian mu­sic and words from Yoruba lan­guage.

In the same vein, Nike Okun­daye, founder, Nike Arts Gallery La­gos, wel­comed the tourists to the cen­tre while ex­plain­ing the rich cul­ture of arts in Nige­ria, as well as, show­cas­ing many won­der­ful pieces of var­i­ous works of art in Nige­ria de­posited in the cen­tre.

“Art is life. It is a thing of joy to al­ways play host to var­i­ous per­sons across the world seek­ing to un­der­stand the cul­ture ex­cel­lence in Nige­ria,” Okun­daye told the tourists.

The tourists also had a beau­ti­ful glimpse of La­gos sun­set while en­joy­ing an evening lunch cruise aboard Prest Cruise. Last­ing about three hours, which is filled with fun ac­tiv­i­ties, the tourists had a good view of the city of La­gos from the wa­ter­ways.

The Lekki arts and craft mar­ket pro­vided many be­spoke sou­venirs for the tourists as they pur­chased many beau­ti­ful pieces to take back to their home coun­try along­side the pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of Nige­ria.

“We were glad we took the risk to visit Nige­ria af­ter many dis­suad­ing opin­ions from peo­ple. We are re­turn­ing home with life­time mem­o­ries of beau­ti­ful Nige­ria and we will cer­tainly be back,” echoed the team at the air­port be­fore de­part­ing to the US and Canada.

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