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    Abu Dhabi woos 14,000 Nigerian artisans with golden visas, says ITF

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    The federal government has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is interested in employing 14,000 well qualified artisans from Nigeria, who would earn themselves golden visas from the government of Abu Dhabi.

    Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Afiz Oluwatoyin made this known in Abuja at a meeting with associations of artisans and people in the hospitality and tourism industry, noting that the government intends to train and retrain artisans under the Skill Up Artisan Programme (SUPA) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

    He said: “The renewed hope agenda of the President now mandates me to carry out the upscaling of the artisans actually. That is the number four in the Act of ITF. But we have not been doing that. The President says it is time because he wants the entire Nigeria to benefit from this government.

    “So, we train them as artisans who have categories depending on the previous knowledge they have. I go back to the UN General Assembly when the President, in conjunction with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Minister of Finance, launched the National Talent Export Programme.”

    Oluwatoyin, who stressed the need for artisans to polish their talents to international standards, maintained that “it is no longer the issue of Nigerians going to Dubai to get involved in bad things like cultism and the rest, they like Nigerians. If you’re going to be given golden visa that means your salary will be top notch. That means your position of service would be high.

    “Abu Dhabi alone is asking us for 14,000 artisans that they will give the 14,000 artisans golden visas. Having worked in Dubai for 19 years in the academia; I did not have the golden visa they give golden visas to people who contribute billions to their economy,” he stated.

    “Our minister presented it to them, they became so happy and they have offered something they don’t even offer some top doctors; they have promised this to our artisans. If you’re going to be giving golden visa that means your salary will be top notch. That means your position of service would be high.

    “We can tell them please this is the type of insurance we want for our people. This is the type of insurance we want for them will be able to talk, will be able to demand. Why? Because we have quality artisans this includes other countries in the Gulf region including Qatar. Qatar is calling us already. So when other individuals see the type of people we’re bringing out, they will also key in,” he said.

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    Minister Leads Nigeria’s Delegation To 121st UN Tourism Executive Council

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    Nigeria has joined 11 other elected African member countries to participate at the 121st session of the United Nations Tourism Executive Council held in Barcelona, Spain.

    According to the Ministry of Tourism statement, the country was represented by the Minister, Lola Ade-John, as the event further ‘reinforces Nigeria’s commitment to advancing global tourism.’

    The Council, which meets biannually, serves as the governing body of UN Tourism. In collaboration with the Secretary-General, the Council is responsible for making pivotal decisions on various aspects of the organization and its initiatives, which are subsequently presented to the General Assembly for ratification.

    The ministry further disclosed that Nigeria’s presence in the Executive Council ‘highlights the nation’s growing influence and dedication to promoting tourism as a key driver of economic growth, cultural exchange, and sustainable development.’

    Remarking, the minister, Lola Ade-John, expressed her gratitude for Nigeria’s role in the Council and reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to contributing to the global tourism agenda.
    “Our participation in the UN Tourism Executive Council is a testament to Nigeria’s vibrant tourism sector and our dedication to fostering international cooperation in tourism. We look forward to working closely with other member states to promote sustainable tourism practices that benefit all,” she said.

    The Nigerian minister further emphasized the country’s ongoing initiatives to enhance its tourism infrastructure, improve visitor experiences, and protect its cultural and natural heritage. Nigeria’s active participation in the UN Tourism Executive Council will further these efforts, providing valuable opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange with other leading nations in the tourism sector.

    Continuing, the minister stressed that as the country ’embarks on this new chapter within UN Tourism, it remains committed to leveraging its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and hospitality to attract tourists from around the world, contributing to the global tourism industry’s growth and sustainability.’

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    Air Passengers Experience Luxury As AltClub Opens At Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos

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    With the opening of Altclub by The Alternative Bank, passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) can now experience an enhanced degree of luxury and convenience.

    The cutting-edge premium area meets customers’ basic banking needs while providing an opulent haven for them to unwind and rejuvenate before their flights.

    The Alternative Bank claims that Altclub, a division of Alttravel, a digital travel finance product, was created to improve Nigerians’ ease of access to and convenience from travel.

    With its “Travel Now, Pay Later” model, Alttravel offers the greatest amount of freedom and does away with the requirement for advance payments.

    At the opening event, Mohammed Yunusa, Director of Digital Business and Innovations at The Alternative Bank, emphasised the importance of Altclub.

    “Altclub isn’t just a lounge; it’s a sanctuary of comfort and convenience. Gone are the days of sacrificing relaxation for travel formalities. Our lounge offers a luxurious space where travellers can unwind and rejuvenate before their flights, free from the typical travel stress,” Yunusa said.

    The national brand news further discloses that apart from providing a peaceful setting for unwinding, Altclub offers several facilities to meet the requirements of tourists, such as refreshments, fast Wi-Fi, and electrical outlets for charging gadgets.

    “Altclub is exclusively available to The Alternative Bank customers, showcasing our commitment to their comfort and convenience. Present your boarding pass and proof of Altbank membership at the entrance, and our dedicated staff will ensure a seamless and enjoyable pre-flight experience,”
    Korede Demola-Adeniyi, Executive Director of Sales at The Alternative Bank, added.

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    10 best countries for tourists to visit in 2024 — Nigeria is not 1 of them

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    The United States achieved a significant victory on the international stage, being named the best country for travel and tourism in 2024 by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

    As CNN describes, the rankings are based on a number of criteria, including infrastructure, natural resources, sustainability, labour availability and price competitiveness.

    However, it’s worth noting that WEF’s data focuses on tourism-related aspects such as hotels, airports, attractions, airlines – and not on travelers’ on-site experiences.

    Europe is strongly represented in the top 10, with six countries on the list, including Spain in second place. In the WEF report, this continent was defined as “a dynamic destination with strong intra-regional flows”

    The continent earned high marks for rail connections, strong economies, stability of the euro and pound and increased mobility of Europeans, which translates into spending money.

    The strength of European passports was also a significant factor in the ranking. In 2024, six countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – shared the top spot for the world’s most powerful passports according to the Henley Index, and this data was included in the WEF report.

    According to the report, “In 2024, global tourism growth is expected to be boosted by meeting pent-up demand and growth in major Asian markets as travel restrictions are lifted.”

    Japan, ranked number three, is experiencing a tourism boom as borders reopen after the pandemic. China, which ranked eighth, has taken steps to make it easier for tourists to visit by waiving visa requirements for residents of several European countries.

    However, not all countries in the top 10 have reasons to be happy. Spain and Italy, despite their high positions in the ranking, are struggling with the problem of excessive tourism, which leads to conflicts with local communities.

    Here is the full list of the 10 best countries for travel and tourism according to the World Economic Forum

    1 –United States
    2 –Spain
    3 –Japan
    4 –France
    5 –Australia
    6 –Germany
    7 –Great Britain
    8 –China
    9 –Italy
    10 –Switzerland

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