Spanish embassy plans to boost tourism - PUNCH
By Anozie Egole
The Embassy of Spain in Nigeria and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation have announced a special participation in Nigeria’s Gastronomy Festival 2023, organised by the Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.
A statement by the organisers on Monday said the annual event with the theme, ‘Culinary arts – the gateway to growing tourism destination’, was aimed at boosting tourism in Nigeria.
It said the event would showcase over 1,000 Nigerian dishes and beverages and attract over 5,000 attendees comprising stakeholders, captains of travel, tourism, and hospitality industry, heads of ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as members of the public.
According to the statement, the event would provide space for foreign missions in Nigeria to display their cuisines.
It added that Spain would use the opportunity for the second year, to bring to Nigeria some of its best-known and most delicious dishes.
The statement read in part, “To facilitate a friendly exchange of culinary expertise, the Embassy of Spain is inviting Alex Marugan, a Spanish super chef who runs Tres Por Cuatro, a famous restaurant in the heart of Madrid, Spain.
“He will organise a two-day masterclass for some selected Nigerian chefs on how to prepare a variety of Spanish cuisines at SV Chrome Hotel in Jabi, Abuja (15th – 16th June) and prepare a big paella during the event organised by NIHOTOUR at Abuja’s International Conference Center (17th of June).”
According to the statement, the Embassy of Spain would receive the support of SV Chrome and NIHOTOUR to bring Alex to Nigeria.
“Let’s promote tourism through the showcasing of Nigerian and Spanish cuisine, share our culinary expertise and develop the relationship between our hospitality sectors,” it stated.