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How to Start a Tourist Service Agency Business in Nigeria

As the tourism industry booms and becomes bigger especially in a country like Nigeria, a lot of business opportunities are available in the industry that is profitable and lucrative.

A good business to do is providing services to people who visit the country, especially for the first time as they will need some guidance in moving around the country or the particular place in the country where they are based.

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You can set up and start a tourist service agency to assist tourists who come into the country to move around the country.

Most times when people visit a country for various reasons like having a holiday, attending an event or occasion, they usually like to take a tour of the country they visit and will like see the fun spots or historical venues to know more about the country.

The business involves assisting tourists who come into your country to moving around the country and help them locate easily the places they have to visit due to the reason they are in the country and also help locate and find tourist spots and attractions where they can have a nice time and relax and generally give them a chance of knowing more of the country they are visiting.

This is a business that can be done by almost anyone provided they have an in depth knowledge of the country and the nice and historical places to visit as well as have a good knowledge of the area of interest.

Some people frown at entering this type of business because they feel and consider this a business that will require a large capital investment.

This may be the case but you will have to do a feasibility study to determine the cost and other operational decisions to make to avoid making mistakes when starting the business.

Reasons why Tourist Service Agency Business is Good

People Travel a Lot

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There are people that travel a lot to various places and countries around the world. Nigeria receives a lot of visitors on a daily basis from all around the world.

Nigeria is seen by some people as a country to come to for business investments and activities while some see it as a place to have a nice holiday.

The mere fact that a lot of people travel a lot and visit the country makes the business a good one to start.

Another aspect of this business is that you do not have to depend on people coming into your country to make money from the business as in the country we have people who travel a lot within the country from one state to another.

If you are in a country that receives a lot of people regularly then this is a good business you can do to make some money.

These will be people visiting a state or place in their country for a particular reason and will also need a person with good knowledge of the state to take them around to places they need to attend and places they will like to visit.


A country like Nigeria has a lot of tourist attractions, fun spots and historical places people can visit when on holiday or when they are done with their business activities in the country and will like to have a nice time and know more about the country before they go back to their base either within or outside the country.

So if you are in a country where you have great tourist spots and great places to visit, this could be a business for you to do.

Requirements Needed to Start Tourist Service Agency Business in Nigeria

Register the Business and Fulfill All the Necessary Requirements. In most countries you will need to register the business and also fulfill and meet some laid down rules and procedures before being able to start the business and its operations.

On your part, you will have to visit the relevant government authorities and find the requirements and possible costs associated with registering the business.

Find a Good Location

When you would have fulfilled all requirements and registered the business, the next step is to find a good location to site your business.

When choosing and getting an office make sure it is in a nice and good area. Make sure it is well furnished, painted with a nice design to make the office look and feel comfortable.

You should remember and have it in mind that you will be dealing and transacting business with a lot of different people, probably from countries around the world and also from people within the country.

Considering this, you should try and project the image of your company in a good way so as to build and maintain your clients.


At this stage, you will have to employ staff that will help you run the business. Make sure you employ people who have a lot of knowledge of the location your clients will be based or will like to visit.

Make sure they behave well to your clients and are nice respectful to them. They should also dress well and appear presentable as this will go a long way in projecting nicely the image of your company.

This is a lovely business to do and it can become successful if properly planned and managed. Ensure you do a feasibility study to help you plan and execute the business very well.

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Ifiokobong Ibanga

Ifiokobong Ibanga is the founder of InfoGuideNIgeria.com. You can get in touch with him on Instagram @ifiokobong. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly send a message. Much Love!

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