Solomon Chung, Abuja


Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth, will from Monday fourth June 2018, host delegates for the 61st United Nation World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa Meeting, in the Nation’s capital, Abuja. The meeting has as its theme “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development.”

The build up to the meeting witnessed series of visits and meeting with key stakeholders in the country to ensure a hitch free hosting.

During one of such meetings, Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Mr. Lai Mohammed met with his counterpart in the Federal Capital Territory the host city, to fine tune strategies ahead of the event. The minister held a similar meeting with the governor of Lagos State, Nigeria’s, commercial capital and host to some of the most beautiful tourists’ sites in the country and Africa as a whole.

Nigeria has become an untapped tourist paradise with long stretches of exotic beaches, beautiful mountains, well preserved traditions and cultures as well as other enchanting tourist attractions.

From the spiritual shines to the ancient cities of the north, from the river Deltas to the Yoruba kingdoms, the Igbo’s stunning environments among many simply pure sceneries; Nigeria leaves every visitor breathing hard with suspense and excitement.

Hosting this meeting would no doubt put Nigeria, and in particular, the nation’s tourism industry under global focus, in addition to attracting foreign research experts and promoting the necessary network that will form the basis for future cooperation.

Not only that, the country will derive some direct economic benefits from hosting the event. The country will be exposed to unquantifiable benefits in terms of influx of visitors and publicity that hosting the meeting will bring to the country.

Nigeria will also be provided with the opportunity to showcase itself to the world, especially in the area of its culture and tourism, music and the movie industry that is rated the third best in the world. There is indeed no better time to show case Nigeria to the world than now.

The 2018 UNWTO CAF Meeting will be a practical demonstration of the Nigerian government’s commitment to developing the tourism and culture sector as an alternative source of revenue.

The theme of the 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development”, is timely and apt in terms of what Nigeria and Africa hopes to achieve and consolidate on the development of the tourism sector as a major source of income as against other means of revenue generation.

It is also worthy of note that the hosting of the meeting did not come as a fluke. It 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. This is complemented with the fact that Nigeria has moved up 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, earning a place on the List of Top 10 in the world.

Consequently, the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture clearly understands the enormous benefits accruable to the country with a successful hosting.

With the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declaring the meeting open, all prospective participants coming to Nigeria are assured of the  legendary warm hospitality and an exposition of the country’s sights and sounds, as well as the best of the country’s entertainment industry.