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Impact of marketing communication in tourist destination a case study of kogi state




This research work was carried out on the Impact of marketing communication on tourist destination a case study of Kogi state. This study reveals the importance, prospects and challenges of marketing communication in tourist destination. It also highlights that marketing communication is an important tool to improve the tourism sales volume and revenue. Different problems of marketing communication are analysed and the possible solutions to these problems were formulated. Research finding were made with the use of questionnaire where it was analysed and concluded that marketing communication should be introduced into the tourism industry which would help the industry in achieving outmost profit. The method used to analysed and interpret the data was simple percentage and quantitative method respectively.



Marketing communications forms a key aspect of the delivery of tourism services. This sector is heavily dependent on marketing because of the industries special characteristics as services. However, marketing communications is a great deal more than simply about advertising. Getting the right messages to the right people is perhaps one of the most important factors in determining the success of this sector. Indeed marketing communications forms its own subfield of study within the discipline of marketing. And yet there are few textbooks that focus specifically on marketing communications for services, and none of them that look in detail into the communications issues, theories and strategies facing the contemporary tourism and tourism sector. This is despite the fact that this sector is an experiential services sector which relies so heavily on representations.

Representations can be described as impressions, images and depictions about the experiences or about what might be expected from service providers. Although there has been a great deal of academic attention given to the various dimensions of marketing in tourism and tourism services within the business and management literature, and within sociology on the semiotics of representations of tourist brochures, there has been remarkably little attention given to the broad dimensions of marketing communications, the concepts, strategies, issues and challenges underpinning this important function in a dynamic service sector environment. This project aims to at least partially address this omission. It is important, therefore, that the project begins by attempting to define and limit its scope given the broad nature of the topic and the wide variety of concepts that fall within the remit of marketing communications.


According to Smith 1988, an author of a specialist dictionary on tourism, the word tourist was reportedly introduced in 1800 and the word tourism in 1811. However, what exactly is tourism Who are tourists Regardless of the fact that both terms have now been part of the English language for over two centuries, there is still no universally acknowledged effective definition for either. For over many decades, researchers and practitioners have produced many precise definitions for both tourist and tourism but no definition of either term has become widely recognised. According to Smith 1988, he suggests that there probably never will be a single definition of tourism as economists, psychologists and geographers perceive certain things about tourism in their field Smith 1988 as cited in Leiper 1995:3. However, any approach to defining tourism can be useful for the persons proposing it and for those who perceive the world in the subjective way. In this essay, academic authors such as Krapf and Hunziker 1942, Stear 2005 and McIntosh and Goeldner 1977 each defines tourism in different methodical approaches. After discussing tourism, the focus then shifts to tourists where again, Stear 2005, Leiper 1979 and Weaver and Lawton 2006, defines tourists and its heuristic concepts.

One of the first attempts to define tourism was that of two Swiss academics, Professors Hunziker and Krapf of Berne University. They defined tourism in a 1942 study as a complex of environmental impacts: the sum of the phenomena and relationships arising from the travel and stay of nonresidents, in so far as they do not lead to permanent residence and are not connected to any earning activity. This definition has been acknowledged by many international associations including the International Association of Scientific Experts on Tourism AIEST. The advantages of this definition are is acknowledgements of wideranging impacts; it bases a very large number of issues that is studied under the name tourism. Additionally, Krapf and Hunzikers definition is highly intellectual as they manage to distinguish tourism from migration however; its theory is based on travel and stay making an assumption that this is necessary for tourism, thus preventing day tours. While the definitions approach is reasonable, the definition is noticeably too vague Leiper, 1995: 17 as it includes a huge amount of human activity that few thinking individuals would regard as coming within the scope of tourism. Because of their broad definition on tourism, prisoners, hospital patients, boarding students and soldiers at war can easily fit in the definition, thus exposing a major defect. Furthermore, the phrase sum of phenomena and relationships does not specify any methodical applications of extensions nor does it include business travel which is highly important as it is connected with earnings Leiper, 1979: 349.

While the Hunziker and Krapf definition excludes business travels, one economic definition by McIntosh and Goeldner 1977 recognises that tourism involves the business components entirely: Tourism can be defined as the science, art and business of attracting and transporting visitors, accommodating them and graciously catering to their needs and wants. This economic approach to a definition can be easily criticised. It is a supplyside definition emphasising tourism as an industry and career choice. This definition states nothing unequivocally about the tourist and the human element, which is debatably the main aspect of the subject matter. Nor does it recognise any spatial or temporal elements, which are equally significant in the tourism industry. It only contains a purposive element which is merely to gain profit from their stay through transportation, accommodation and hospitality.

However, as stated by King and Hyde 1989, they suggest that a tourist may spend a night away from home at the house of a friend or relative, using a private car, and engage in no commercial transaction during the visit as cited in Leiper 1995:18. Therefore, defining tourism as an economic industry misses a basic point, that expenditure is not necessary even though it is generally an unlikely condition, although it is possible. Beyond these exceptions, virtually anyone making a temporary trip away from her or his usual place of residence may be considered to be engaged in tourism.

Given examples of McIntosh and Goeldners economic and Hunziker and Krapfs holistic definition of tourism, Stear 2005 expands their definitions as he particularly focuses on a set of specific activities: Tourism is travel and temporary stay involving at least one night away from the region of a persons usual home that is undertaken with the major expectation of satisfying leisure needs that are perceived as being at places outside of, and qualitatively different to, the home region. This definition specifies tourism as a particular set of specific activities, and it focuses attention on some of the key features of those specific activities, including the relationship between the traveller and what is commonly known as a tourist attraction. It distinguishes tourism from other forms of travel, such as commuting, to work or university each day, which it clearly does not resemble.

Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a countrysbalance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.

Tourism suffered as a result of a strong economic slowdown of thelate2000s recession, between the second half of 2008 and the end of 2009, and the outbreak of theH1N1 influenza virus,but slowly recovered. International tourism receipts the travel item in thebalance of payments grew toUS1.03trillion 740 billion in 2011, corresponding to an increase inreal termsof 3.8 from 2010.International tourist arrivals surpassed the milestone of 1 billion tourists globally for the first time in 2012,emerging marketssuch asRussiaandBrazilhad significantly increased their spending over the previous decade.

Tourism inNigeriacentres largely on events, due to the countrys ample amount of ethnic groups, but also includesrain forests, savannah,waterfalls, and other natural attractions.The industry suffers from the countrys poor electricity, roads, and water quality.

The tourism industry is regulated by theMinistry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, a Nigerian government ministry.

In an attempt to raise the profile of the countrys tourism sector, abeauty pageant, theMiss Tourism Nigeria Pageant, was created in 2004.The winners in 2004, 2005, and 2006 have been, respectively,Shirley Aghotse,Abigail Longe,andGloria Zirigbe.

In recent years, carnivals have become a major attraction to visitors, particularly inPort HarcourtandCalabarin December of each year.

Tourism is an important, even vital, source of income for many regions and countries. Its importance was recognized in theManila Declaration on World Tourism of 1980as an activity essential to the life of nations because of its direct effects on the social, cultural, educational, and economic sectors of national societies and on their international relations.

Tourism brings in large amounts of income into a local economy in the form of payment forgoods and servicesneeded by tourists, accounting for 30 of the worldstradeof services, and 6 of overallexportsof goods and services.It also creates opportunities for employmentin theservice sector of the economyassociated with tourism.

The service industries which benefit from tourism includetransportation services, such asairlines,cruise ships, andtaxicabs;hospitality services, such asaccommodations, includinghotelsandresorts; and entertainment venues, such asamusement parks,casinos,shopping malls,music venues, andtheatres. This is in addition to goods bought by tourists, including souvenirs, clothing and other supplies.

Kogi is a state in the central region of Nigeria. It is popularly called the Confluence State because the confluence of River Niger and River Benue is at its capital, Lokoja, which is the first administrative capital of modernday Nigeria.

Agriculture is a main part of the economy, and the state also has coal, steel and other mineral industries.

The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.

There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun a Yoruba Group with other minorities like Bassa, a small fraction of Nupe mainly in Lokoja and Bassa Local Government Area, the Ogugu subgroup of the Igala, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo peopleA Yoruba Group, Ogori, Magongo, Idoma and the Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.

The name Nigeria was coined in Lokoja by Flora Shaw, the future wife of Baron Lugard, a British colonial administrator, while gazing out at the river Niger. The main ethnic groups are Igala, Ebira, and Okun.

Kogi state, apart from being of great historical importance having been home to Lord Fredrick Lugard, Nigerias first GovernorGeneral, has great tourism potential largely untapped. The state capital, Lokoja is called the Confluence Town because there, the Niger and the Benue rivers converge…To many firsttime visitors to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, the city elicits some kind of excitement as the location where Rivers Niger and Benue, Nigerias most prominent rivers merge.

The confluence of the two rivers aptly explains why Kogi State is generally referred to as the confluence state.

The confluence, which is widely recognised for its tourism potential, is figuratively described by some observers as the heart of Nigeria because of its geographical location in the country.

However, Abraham Onotu, a tourism expert, is quick to point out that the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers at Lokoja is not the only significant tourist attraction in Kogi State.

Besides the rivers confluence site, Kogi State has the latent possibility of becoming a tourist destination to millions of tourists within Nigeria and from overseas, Onotu insists that the potential tourism sites in Kogi are numerous and capable of turning the state into a quality tourist retreat in the country.

He says that Kogi State can be aptly described as a state waiting to take its pride of place in the Nigerian tourism industry, in view of its abundant tourist attractions. Onotu calls on the state government to champion the drive to exploit the potential tourism resources of Kogi in collaboration with the private sector.

However, that is not to suggest that tourists are not aware of the tourism treasures of Kogi, as sharpeyed tourists have been visiting the state in their leisure time. This project work therefore will attempt to enumerate the implications of introducing marketing communication in the tourism industry of Kogi state.


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