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Thursday, July 28, 2016

UN WTO outlines measures to leverage tourism in Nigeria

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has outlined a number of measures, including technical assistance, capacity building and revision of the Nigeria's Tourism Master Plan, as part of efforts to ensure the development of tourism in the country, reports ITRealms.

Announcing these measures at the end of a two-day meeting between the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and UNWTO in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, he expressed Nigeria’s interest in hosting the 60th meeting of the global Agency's Commission for Africa in 2018, in order to attract global attention to tourism in the country.

He also disclosed that the global agency is widening access to e-library for Nigerian tourism officials and offering support for relevant tourism institutions and agencies, stressing that under the UNWTO's technical assistance programme, Nigeria will be assisted in the area of data collection for the elaboration of tourism statistics, rural tourism development, hotel classification and in designing programmes to create awareness for tourism.

Focus in the area of capacity building, the minister said will be on the empowerment of women in tourism through the centres being planned for the six geo-political zones and the training of festival managers, among others.

ITRealms gathered that UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, led the agency's delegation to the meeting, and assured that the implementation of the programmes would start immediately and continue for the next two years.

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