Tomorrow, October 1st is an important day for Nigerians. It is the day we gained independence from Britain, our colonial masters.
The different sectors that make up the economy have performed well over the years. One of such sectors is the tourism and hospitality sector. Although the successive Nigerian governments are yet to recognise that the tourism sector is a goldmine, the industry has copiously contributed to the economy.
This is because of the overdependence on crude. And despite this anomaly and trending economy recession, the tourism/hospitality is still contributing. In celebration of Nigeria’s independence, Jumia Travel takes a look at some of the significant contributions of tourism and the hospitality industry to Nigeria’s economy.
There is no doubt that the travel and tourism sector has provided much-needed jobs to Nigerians. There are hotels, hospitality spots and many tourists attractions that employ millions of Nigeria. There are also e-commerce websites engaged in hotel and flight bookings that also engage young Nigerians. So in terms of employment generation, the tourism sector has a pass mark.
Looking at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Travel & Tourism Economic Impact, 2015, it clearly showed that in 2014, Travel & tourism directly supported 883,500 jobs (1.4% of total employment) while the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment including jobs indirectly supported by the industry was 3.6% of total employment, 2,198,500 jobs.