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The Survival Ethic and the Development of Tourism in Nigeria

WithAbdul Raufu Mustapha

Nigeria has enormous tourism potential, particularly for domestic tourism. It has the largest population in Africa and one of the largest pools of educated middle-class professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. In the 1970s, vast resources were expended on extending national infrastructure such as roads, hotels and telecommunications. The country also has a varied flora and fauna, along with cultural, geological and archaeological resources worth developing for tourism purposes. This combination of natural and infrastructural resources, and a sizeable potential market ought to have led to an accelerated development of both international and domestic tourism. In reality, however, the potential has not been realized; this chapter seeks to explain some of the reasons for this dismal performance.