There is the probability that you already know Nigeria is a country with over 250 ethnic groups, what you probably don’t know is that there are over a thousand festivals celebrated in Nigeria yearly.
The number of festivals in Nigeria can be evenly distributed throughout the 365 days of the year, i.e. somewhere every day in Nigeria, there is a festival being celebrated, this thus leads you to the conclusion that Tourism in Nigeria centres largely on events.
This however does not concisely describe the potential for tourism in the country as the industry itself is a multi-faceted one as long as there are different intents for travelling, the industry will keep growing.
Tourism has proven its importance in developed countries via international trade in tourism services which has grown spectacularly since the 1970s. As at 2012, international tourist arrivals worldwide reached 1.035 billion. Slightly over half of them were on leisure trips.
By comparison, there were just 166 million international tourist arrivals worldwide in 1970. The 2012 visitors spent $1 trillion on travel (excluding international passenger transportation expenses valued at $213 billion). Directly and indirectly, their spending accounted for nine percent of the world’s GDP and six percent of its exports.
Whereas this industry could be quite the economy booster under the clause “if placed under careful management”, I think it fits more into the biblical reference “the double edged sword”, as it could be quite devastating for a nation’s economy if not properly managed.
The case with the Nigerian tourism industry is that suffers from the country’s poor electricity coupled with poor road connections, and water quality. This however is mediocre compared to the myopic reasoning and carefree-ness most Nigerians show when it comes to their culture as well their maintenance culture.