Planning Committee For Nigeria’s Hosting of African Tourism Ministers Inaugurated

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

inaugurated the planning committee for the 61st Meeting of the United

Nations World Tourism Organisation/CAF taking place in Abuja, Nigeria,

4th-6th June 2018.

The Minister, who performed the ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, charged

members of the committee to ensure the success of the event.

“Today’s inauguration kick-starts our preparation for the hosting of

the (UNWTO/CAF Meeting). The task ahead of us is enormous, but with

the quality membership of the Planning Committee, we are up to the

task and we will host a successful event,” he said.

“You have been selected based on your knowledge and expertise in

content, logistics and planning. Your role is to execute a successful

event with professional inputs and assistance from the Ministry and

the UNWTO. I have no doubt that you will take your assignments very

seriously,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

The Minister said the hosting right of the event, which was given to

Nigeria, has clearly demonstrated the confidence of the CAF member

states and the UNWTO in the country.

He said the highlight of Nigeria’s relevance and acceptance by the

Organization, within two years of its return after a period of

absence, was further shown in his election as a Vice Chairman of the

UNWTO General Assembly at an election held during the 22nd session of

the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in September 2017.

Alhaji Mohammed said the UNWTO meeting will afford the country the

unique opportunity to project its image as a safe and desirable

destination for leisure and business as well as promote the country’s

tourism products and services.

He said the meeting will also provide a platform for tourism

stakeholders to interact with their counterparts from other countries,

generate foreign exchange through accommodation in hotels, airfares

and souvenirs purchased by foreign delegates, create direct and

indirect employment, thereby alleviating poverty, and provide the

platform for the training for public and private sector tourism

officials.

Membership of the planning committee cuts across the Federal Ministry

of Information and Culture, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal

Capital Territory, extra-ministerial departments and agencies as well as

the private sector.

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