Published On: Mon, Feb 8th, 2016



Managing Director of Glovic Travels and Tours Limited, Mr Okechukwu Nwaogbo, has called for the creation of a Travel and Tourism Ministry to harness the sector’s full potential.

He said the ministry should be created out of the present Information and Culture Ministry where it is buried.

Nwaogbo, a banker, who holds an MBA, said the government needs to do more to develop travel and tourism Industry.

According to him, state and local government tourism boards should develop tourism sites and hand them over to tourism professionals for efficient management.

Nwaogbo, whose firm is at Kapital Klub and Apartments, 3, Gamel Abdul Nasser Close, near World Bank, Asokoro, Abuja, said access to finance by tourism companies is a challenge.

“There is difficulty in accessing funds for expansion. Another challenge is that some services rendered in the travel industry are not paid for, such as checking for fares, while in developed economies one pays $20 for that,” he said.

According to Nwaogbo, services offered by Glovic Travels include flight tickets (local/International) processing, visa processing, holiday and tour packages, hotel reservation, e-passport procurement, student foreign tours/study abroad, among others.

“What stands Glovic Travels and Tours out is that we charge no extra fees other than our commission from airlines. We offer after sale services to ensure that our customers do not miss their travelling schedule.

“We give quick service delivery and specific treatment to specific customers. Our customers are sure to get the best services.

“We operate 24 hours a day. Therefore, customers can reach us any time and get attended to. Our office is strategically located at Asokoro, in a less busy environment and therefore accessible to customers,” Nwaogbo said.

On his vision for Glovic Travels in the next 10 years, he said: “We aim to be a wholesale tour operator, to have offices in the major cities of Nigeria or at least in all state capitals, and to have at least two offices outside Nigeria.

“We also aim to have in employment 200 staffers to support government’s job creation initiative.”

On his expectation from government, Nwaogbo, a former senior bank manager with 23 years experience, said in line with the diversification policy, institutions concerned with regulation and growth of the industry should be commercialised.

“This will generate more revenue, boost rapid growth of the sector and provide employment to the teeming unemployed youths. The government should make the sector more attractive,” he said.

He also called for the development of infrastructure, such as roads, to make tourism sites accessible to tourists.

Nwaogbo urged tour operators to do more to package local tours for foreigners to Nigerian sites just as they package foreign tours.

This, he said, will boost the industry’s growth and lead to more inflow of foreign exchange.


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