Recently, the Brooklyn Tourist Centre, Port Harcourt, played host to South Africa Tourism (SAT) trade team. The team was in the garden city in continuation of its workshop and road show in Nigeria’s key cities, which include Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
During the tour of Port Harcourt, the team also visited the Brooklyn Tourist Centre’s facilities which housed a zoo and Museum of African History and Culture.
The museum displayed a gallery of pictures of African leaders and kings, who include King Jaja of Opobo, Chaka Zulu, the late Julius Nyerere and many others, were on dispaly. There was also at the museum, the history of the evolution of the Nigeria leaders from Lord Lugard to the current government.
Speaking on the visit, the proprietor of the centre Chief Mike Amachree commended the South African trade delegation for the road show in Nigeria and urged greater co-operation between Nigeria and South Africa.
“South Africa and Nigeria are one and we are happy to work with you. I urged you to work and partner with our tour operators and travel agents to source for tourists to Nigeria also.”
Alabo Amachree also used the opportunity applaud the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s giant stride in developing the tourism potentials of the state.
He said Governor Wike has started erecting two magnificent edifices that would help attract tourist from within and outside the region to the state.
Speaking on behalf the team, Mr Mohammed Kwajaffa praised Chief Amachree for the initiative.
The South African Tourism Regional Manager for West Africa Mr Lehlohonolo Pitso said, “This is the first time South African tourism started expanding into other cities. For the first time, we are actually doing five cities in West Africa. In Ghana we are doing Kumasi and Accra. In Nigeria, we are doing Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja . This is good for us; it is time we expand because we have been promoting South Africa s the preferred destination in these two cities of Accra and Lagos for the past ten years. So, now having a foot print in West Africa by having an office in Lagos, we realise that the potential for us to start infiltrating other markets as well.
The workshop is all about training and equipping travel agents from West Africa to package South Africa correctly.”