Nigeria will for the second time host the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Regional Conference within a period of four years.
It hosted the 2018 Edition in Abuja and will be hosting the 2022 edition. This was disclosed by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed after a meeting with the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili in Sal, Cape Verde.
The UNWTO, founded on Nov. 1, 1975, is the UN specialised agency entrusted with the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
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According to www.signaturetv.org, it was gathered that Mohammed is in Sal Island, with other African Culture and Tourism Ministers, to attend the 64th Conference of UNWTO Commission for Africa and the Second Edition of the UNWTO Global Tourism Investment Forum.
Speaking after meeting Pololikashvili, the minister said the regional conference, to be hosted in Nigeria, would focus on tourism and creative industry. He said the tourism and creative industry team was chosen because of the comparative advantage and strong points of Nigeria in the areas of films, music, fashion and the creative industry.
“Comparatively, Nigeria is not very strong in destination tourism though the country attracts many travellers who are more on businesses. “Nigeria is better known for its music, films and for its culture and Nigeria music and films are exported for foreign exchange.
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“There are many Nigerian artistes that have gained global recognition, among who are Burna Boy and Wizkid, who won the latest Grammy Awards in different categories,’’ he said.
The minister recalled that Burna Boy, a Nigerian Superstar, recently sold out at the 02 Arena in London. Burna Boy was reported to have shut down 02 Arena with an incredible 12,000 tickets sale for his concert held in Aug. 27.
It could be recalled that Nigeria for the first time hosted the 61st edition of the UNWTO Commission for Africa conference back in 2018.