World Tourism Conference underway in Nigeria’s Capital

Titi Bamigboye, Abuja


The United Nations World Tourism Organisation commission for Africa is holding its 61st regional tourism conference in Abuja Nigeria.

The conference with the theme, Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development began on Monday, 4th June and has over 32 countries in attendance

Declaring the 2 day conference open,  Nigeria’s Minister for information and culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the meeting will serve as a platform for intra regional collaborations among Africans.

“Nigeria with its abundant natural resources, vibrant cultures, interesting history, predominance of tourist features large population Nigeria is recognised as one of Africa’s key economies. And Africa must leverage on its tourism potential for its mutual benefit”,  the minister said.

Speaking at the opening Ceremony held at the Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the representative of the Africa Union, commissioner for infrastructure Energy and Tourism Amana Abu Zaid said that the Africa Union (AU) is determined to make sure Africa is integrated through its free trade and free movement agenda.

According to her,  the AU recognises the need for African cooperation on Tourism, to promote its vast tourism industry . The AU is particularly keen to see that its action plan to make Africa a destination of choice through its regional collaboration agenda is realised.

It would be recalled that Nigeria, last year, won the right to host UNWTO-CAF conference, which is the gathering of all African Ministers of Tourism, principal executives of the global tourism body and other stakeholders in the tourism sector.