A Commissioner in the Carnival Commission in charge of Media and Publicity, Ikobi Ikobi has said that about 26 countries are participating in the 2017 edition of the Calabar carnival with the theme, “Migration’’.
The countries include, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Greece, Brazil, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda amongst others.
He said, “The annual month-long carnival brings tourists from all over the world to the state and has been the melting point of Africa’s hospitality due to its diverse tourism events and sites, the green environment and the warm hospitality of the people.
“Most of them (the countries) will have their own band on the grand finale of the carnival which is scheduled for Dec. 27 and Dec. 28.
“Top in our priority is security; I can assure tourists coming in for the event of adequate security because we are liaising with all the security agencies in the state to ensure a peaceful and fun-fill celebration’’.
The Calabar Carnival started in 2004, when the then governor of Cross River, Donald Duke, had a vision of making his state the hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigeria and in Africa.
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