The resort is in Ikogosi, Ekiti State.
The Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort in Ekiti recorded more than 190,000 visitors and tourists in the last two years, an official said on Friday in Lagos.
The General Manager of the resort, Tolu Ajeyomi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the visitors comprising 159,666 Nigerians and 30,334 foreigners patronised the resort from September 2011 to September 2013.
The resort, which was given a facelift and inaugurated by Governor Kayode Fayemi on October 19, has warm and cold springs flowing side by side.
The warm spring has a temperature of up to 70 degrees centigrade at the source and 37 after the meeting point. The meeting point of the warm and cold springs is a unique attraction to tourists. It is also believed to have curative powers.
“The figure shows that people love fun and appreciate the gift of nature. Majority of the visitors are students,” Mr. Ajeyomi said.
“We experienced an improvement in patronage by foreigners in the first nine months compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
“The increase in foreign visitors was as a result of the facelift given to the centre this year.”
According to him, the foreigners appreciate the serene environment of the resort and also show interest in patronising it.
“More facilities have been provided at the resort to make it more befitting for relaxation and enjoyment,’’ he added.
The general manager said the state government had been working closely with stakeholders — investors and corporate bodies — to upgrade the centre to an international standard.
He disclosed that some tourism management consultants from Australia had shown interest in collaborating with the state government to develop and manage the resort.
“The idea is to boost patronage and make the resort a foremost tourists’ destination in Africa.’’