Posted by Sade Williams
MEM Travels, a fast-growing 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 in Lagos including the Lekki Arts and Craft Market, the famous 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 organization 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 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,” stated Kehinde.
She continued, “our vision to promote destination Nigeria was put to test recently as we hosted 25 foreigners who arrived Nigeria from America and Canada to a memorable tour around Lagos and the team was left with positive stories of Nigeria, which debunks their earlier perception of our beautiful country.”
She stated the readiness of MEM Travels to partner organizations around the world in bringing tourists from any part of the world to experience the incredible leisure tourism across Nigeria.
At the 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, Chief Mrs. Nike Okundaye, founder and owner of the famous Nike Arts Gallery in 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,” Mrs 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 departure to the US and Canada.