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Nigeria to host UNWTO, 2022 – Lai Mohammed

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By Mercy Kelani

A planning committee will ensure proper preparation towards the conference.

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, is prepared for the global marketing of Nigeria’s tourism assets with the inclusion of culture and creative industries. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a press briefing that was held in Lagos ahead of the actual conference that is to be held from November 14-16, 2022, in Lagos, stated that Nigeria relies on the conference for the marketing of its diverse unique assets.

Speaking ahead of the conference which has the theme “Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development,” the minister said that following the inauguration of the planning committee in April 2022, there has been tireless work by the collaboration of eleven sub-committees together with the committee to ensure perfect preparation towards the conference. This would also be achieved by the engagements of major establishments and individuals for a seamless planning process.

Organization has been around for over four decades.

UNWTO is regarded to as a United Nations’ specialized Agency that is responsible for the global promotion of sustainable and universally accepted tourism. The membership of Nigeria with the organization has spanned over four decades, given that the membership has been since 1975. There has also been consistency in the country’s commitment towards the activities of the union. Lai Mohammed further stated that the confidence of the organization and member states is reflected in the hosting rights that were granted the country.

It has its focus on a leadership vision that acknowledges major challenges confronting tourism and the identification of the ability of the sector to prevail over them and bring about a massive positive change with the opportunities derived from responsible tourism for the improvement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Being the leading international organization of tourism, it promotes tourism as it drives economic growth, environmental sustainability and inclusive development, offering leadership and support to the sector for the advancement of knowledge and tourism policies across the world.

Two parallel experts’ workshops will be held at the conference.

Nigeria was given the privilege of hosting its tourism events at the 64th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) in Cape Verde. It has been said that a team from the Madrid UNWTO headquarters, in Spain, have landed in Nigeria on a preliminary mission in regard to the conference. Members of the team include the director, Regional Department for Africa, Ms. Elcia Grandcourt; deputy director of the Regional Department for Africa, Mr. Jaime Mayaki and the Communication expert for Africa, Mr. Kojo Bentum.

The Minister of Information and Culture, appreciated the trust of the organization in Nigeria’s capacity to host a massive conference, noting the fact that it is the fifth time that the country will host member states of the UNWTO. According to the framework of the conference, the programs and activities would have an inclusion of two parallel experts’ workshops, tourism and creative industries seminar, fashion, visual arts, movies, exhibitions on gastronomy, music, and many more.

Provision of networking opportunities for key industry players.

Another major feature that will be displayed by the forthcoming conference is its ability to address the current challenges and provide ways by which member states can benefit from opportunities to aid the acceleration of global economic recovery. Besides that, it would also serve as a medium for the provision networking opportunities for major players in the industry, practitioners, public and private sector policy makers to engage in debate concerning contemporary and future issues including the exchange of ideas and information that pertains to tourism, culture and creative industries.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Hosting the world tourrism organization is a good way of letting the world know more about our tourists sites of attraction that can be visited and the country make money from such visits because there are countries that turst s there mainstream oof making money, Nigeria need tap more into this area.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Hosting this world tourism organizations is a very good things for use because awareness will be create about our tourist place which will tell the world about our tourist site. And with good procedure money can be made through this tourism

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

It is really nice that we will be hosting this in Nigeria. It will also help our tourism and project us to the world. The government should ensure everything that will be needed is well provided for.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

. This would also be achieved by the engagements of major establishments and individuals for a seamless planning process.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

It would provide networking opportunities for industry leaders, practitioners, public and private sector policymakers to discuss current and future concerns.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Commitment to union activities has been consistent. Lai Mohammed said the country’s hosting rights reflect the organization’s and member states’ confidence.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Being the leading international organization of tourism, it promotes tourism as it drives economic growth, environmental sustainability and inclusive development.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Hosting these international tourism groups is a very fantastic idea since it will raise awareness of our tourist destination and let the world know about it. And with proper method, this tourism might generate income.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Nigeria is blessed with many tourist site. It is just unfortunate that most of these sites are not well develop or manage. I hope the hosting of UNWTO by nigeria will help in developing and managering tourist centers.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

It will be such a great honour for Nigeria to host the world tourism organizations. This will give our tourists an edge and publicize our well respected tourist centers more.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

We need our government here in Nigeria to be actively involve in development and funding of tourism since other countries are generating massive revenue for it. So it is not enough to host UNWTO but also promote development and maintenance.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Nigeria seriously need this at this time because lots of revenue could be generate through this and also put Nigeria on global map.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Since its inception in April 2022, the organizing committee has been working tirelessly with the help of eleven sub-committees to ensure the conference is perfectly prepared for.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

This is a good thing, and it might also be accomplished by getting key organizations and individuals involved in the planning process so that everything goes smoothly.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The fact that the country was given the permission to host events is a direct reflection of the faith that the organization and its member nations have in the nation.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is the preeminent international organization for the tourism industry. Its mission is to advance tourism as a driver of economic growth, environmental sustainability, and inclusive development by providing global leadership and support to the sector and fostering the development of new knowledge and policies.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

It is centered on a leadership vision that recognises fundamental issues that are now being faced by the tourist industry, as well as the identification of the sector’s ability to triumph over these challenges and bring about a significant positive change.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

its capacity to handle the issues at hand and to create means by which member states can profit from chances to assist in the acceleration of economic recovery on a global scale.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

policymakers in the private sector are encouraged to participate in a discussion of current and upcoming issues, including the sharing of ideas and information that relates to the tourism, cultural, and creative industries.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Hosting this world tourism organizations is good.it promotes tourism as it brings about economic growth and other great benefits. The government should ensure everything that will be needed is well provided for without excuses.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Our country is hosting the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference. This is very good. That means we are going make money and also create awareness about our tourist places. Nice one