Nigeria, UNWTO Sign Agreement to Host 61 African Tourism Ministers' Meeting
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Feb 18, Abuja: Nigeria and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday in Madrid, Spain, signed an agreement on the hosting of the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (UNWTO CAF) Meeting 4-6 June 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 the Spanish capital. The agreement, the signing of which was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin, among others, contained the conditions for organizing the meeting as well as other details.
Speaking at the signing, 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 organizing 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,'' Alhaji Mohammed assured. 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, while urging the Minister to help identify Nigerian celebrities who can be appointed as the UNWTO's ambassadors of tourism.
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