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‘We will use African tourism ministers’ meeting to showcase Nigeria to the world’


Nigeria’s minister of Information Lai Mohammed AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Nigeria and the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have signed an agreement on the hosting of the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (UNWTO CAF) Meeting holding between June 4 – 6, 2018 in Abuja.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, signed for the Nigerian Government, while UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili signed for the global tourism body at a ceremony at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spanish.

The signing ceremony, which was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Her Excellency Susan Aderonke Folarin, and others, contained the conditions for organising the meeting, as well as other details.

Speaking after the session, the Minister said the Nigerian Government plans to use the opportunity of hosting the meeting to showcase the best of Nigeria to the world, saying Nigeria has comparative advantage and has taken the world by storm in the area of music, movies, theatre and other aspects of the Creative Industry.

He thanked the UNWTO and its member states for their confidence in giving Nigeria the hosting right for the meeting, and assured that the country would host a top class event.

‘’Nigeria does not take the confidence for granted and will not disappoint. In this regard, the meeting’s main organising committee, as well as the sub-committees, are leaving no stone unturned to stage a highly-successful meeting.

‘’All delegates coming to Nigeria for the meeting are assured of Nigeria’s legendary warm hospitality and an exposition of the country’s sight and sound. We will showcase the best of our entertainment industry that has taken the world by storm,’’ AlhajiMohammed assured.

The Minister said the hosting of the meeting is coming at a time that Nigeria has become a top destination for investors, especially with the Nigerian stocks having risen 12% this year, the highest globally, and the fact that Nigeria has moved up 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, earning a place on the List of Top 10 in the world.

He also said Nigeria has started implementing visa on arrival for a certain category of foreign visitors, a development that he assured will impact positively on the country’s tourism sector.

Welcoming the Minister earlier, the UNWTO Secretary-General said the organization would assist Nigeria to develop and showcase its tourist attractions.

‘’We are glad we are coming to Nigeria in the summer. It is a good opportunity to showcase Nigeria,’’ he said.

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