Nigeria ready to host African tourism ministers – FG

Nigeria ready to host African tourism ministers – FG

Gbenro Adeoye

Nigerian government has declared its readiness to host African tourism ministers to the UN World Tourism Organisation/Commission for Africa meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja, its capital city.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, personally extended an invitation to the ministers at a meeting they held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Travel Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, a statement by Special Adviser to the minister, Segun Adeyemi, on Friday, said.

The UN World Tourism Organisation/Commission for Africa meeting will hold in Abuja from June 4 to June 6, 2018.

‘’I have tried to contact, individually, every minister. I have sent an email to every minister, reminding them of the meeting and assuring them that we will leave no stone unturned to host a very successful meeting.

“The truth is that no matter the level of preparation that is made, if you are not there, it is not a success. So I really wish to appeal to all of us to please attend the CAF meeting in June,’’ Mohammed was quoted as saying shortly after handing over the invitation letters to his African colleagues.

He said the participants at the meeting were guaranteed to experience the best of Nigeria, especially in the area of the creative industry, where he noted that Nigeria’s competitive advantage was widely acknowledged.

Also, Mohammed urged the global tourism body, UNWTO, to involve African Heads of State in its plan to rebrand the continent and make it more attractive to global tourists.

Contributing to the debate on the UNWTO’s rebranding process for Africa in Berlin, he said ministers, other than those directing tourism affairs in their countries, should also be involved.

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