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Archaeological Sites as Visitor Attractions

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Nigeria is blessed with a plethora of archaeological sites some of which rank among the most exquisite in the world. Unfortunately, however, their potential as visitor attractions have hardly been realized and harnessed.
In this paper, therefore, attempts will be made to identify those sites with immense visitor attraction potential and methods will be suggested on how to protect, package and present them to the domestic and international tourist markets
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Abstract

Archaeological sites in different parts of the world have acted as cultural icon or focal point that have served as magnet in attracting visitors to these regions. Although archaeological sites were not originally created with the deliberate intention to attract tourists, yet over time their appeal and significance, have widened to the point where tourism flourishes because they exist in these areas.

Archaeological sites that are serving as important visitors attractions today in different parts of the world, include the Stone Henge in Wiltshire England; the tomb of Queen Nefertari in Luxor, the Pyramids at Giza, the burial sites at the valley of the kings, the great Zimbabwean Ruins and the archaeological sites in the Mediterranean such as Knossos in Crete and Ephesus in Turkey. Efforts have been made by governments and agencies in these regions, through legislations and local sanctions, to protect and preserve these sites and to harness, package and present them as visitor attractions. This has yielded substantial amount in tourist revenue to these countries

Nigeria is blessed with a plethora of archaeological sites some of which rank among the most exquisite in the world. Unfortunately, however, their potential as visitor attractions have hardly been realized and harnessed.

In this paper, therefore, attempts will be made to identify those sites with immense visitor attraction potential and methods will be suggested on how to protect, package and present them to the domestic and international tourist markets.

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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

http://www.unn.edu.ng/academics/institute/institute-of-african-studies-2/

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