Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday in Addis Ababa said the right won by Nigeria to host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference in 2018 means global endorsement of programmes and efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Mohammed, who led Nigeria’s delegation to a high level meeting on Chinese Outbound Tourism in Africa, said “Wednesday was a big moment for Nigeria here in Addis Ababa because Nigeria got the endorsement of the whole world to host the 61st session of the CAF mission of the UNTWO.
“What that means really is that the entire world has endorsed the programmes and efforts of President Buhari’s administration”.
He said the event would provide the country the opportunity to showcase its diverse culture and give its own narrative from its own perspective.
“Hosting this conference will give confidence to investors that this is a country they can come and invest in.
“It will also convince the entire world that Nigeria is serious in promoting culture, music, film and entertainment industry to diversify its economy”, he said.
The minister said that no amount of money invested in hosting the conference could be seen as waste because of the goodwill it will bring to the country.
He said so many other countries were bidding to host the event to boost their tourism industry and attract goodwill to their nations.
Secretary General of UNWTO, Taleb Rifa said “the endorsement of Nigeria for the hosting of 61st CAF “is a great piece of news for the country’’.
“I am absolutely sure that with the hosting of the CAF meeting, you will see that the Nigeria’s tourism industry will get on the right track and achieve results.
“In addition to the direct economic benefits this event will bring to the country, the limelight the country will be exposed to is unquantifiable.
“Nigeria will be hosting all Ministers of Tourism in Africa, that itself will send the powerful message that tourism is important for Nigeria.”