Kebbi State to host World Tourism Day 2021
From inception, which dated back to1970, the United Nations (UN) marked every September 27 as a global observance day for creating awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political, and economic contributions to tourist destinations and host communities.
In recent times, World Tourism Day has become occasions to equally showcase the contributions that the sector makes in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With this year’s theme Tourism For Inclusive Growth, Nigeria’s observance of the 2021 World Tourism Day in Kebbi State would highlight the country’s rich cultural tourism destinations and leading products. The programme of events would run for five days, culminating with a grand finale on September 27 in Argungu Emirate, the country’s flagship cultural tourism jamboree, known for her prestigious International Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
According to UNWTO, this year’s theme is centred on the need to look beyond tourism statistics and acknowledge that behind every number, there is a person. The organisation hereby invites its member states, as well as non-members, sister UN agencies, businesses and individuals to celebrate tourism’s unique ability to ensure that nobody is left behind as the world begins to open up again and look to the future.
The Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, the Turakin Kebbi, who is a member of Nigeria’s 2021 World Tourism Day events Planning Committee, listed the activities scheduled for Nigeria’s Tourism Day observance to include international media briefings, mini-durbar by Argungu Emirate Council, scintillating cultural displays, charity polo matches, guided tour of prominent tourist sites and the turbanning of Alhaji Lai Muhammed, the present Minister of Information and Culture, as the ‘Kaakakin’ Kebbi.
The Planning Committee includes the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, and tourism private sectors, among other stakeholders.
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