Lagos - Mr Lanre Awoseyin, the Publisher of International Technical Tourism Magazine, on Sunday advised the Federal Government and private employers to introduce free and paid holiday for workers.
Awoseyin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the gesture would promote travelling culture and facilitate tourism development in the country.
He said that travelling and patronage of tourism sites were low among Nigerians, adding that this had affected the growth of tourism industry.
Awoseyin said that there should be a legislation to make employers give their employees free holidays to enable them travel with their families to some tourist sites.
"A free and paid holiday should be encouraged like it’s done in other countries to enable workers patronise tourist sites," Awoseyin said.
He said that Nigeria had a lot of tourist destinations that had gone bad over the years due to lack of funding, management and maintenance.
"A lot of tourist destinations are dilapidated due to lack of funding. Nigerians should imbibe travelling culture to enhance tourism development," he said.
Awoseyin also suggested that well-trained tourism experts should be appointed to pilot the affairs of tourism agencies in the country.
He said that the tourism master plan which contained all the strategies for development of tourism in the country should be implemented.
"A huge sum of money was used to draft the tourism master plan which has not been implemented and will expire in 2016.
"If the master plan is implemented and well managed, tourism would be far developed in the country," Awoseyin advised.
He urged government to make haste in implementing the tourism master plan to stimulate the development of the sector.
He added that doing many tourism expositions and trade fairs would not help in the development of tourism, "rather is a caricature of the system".