The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), on Wednesday in Madrid, Spain, expressed Nigeria’s willingness to host the first ever Global Conference on Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries this November under favorable conditions.
Buhari gave the assurance while speaking during a visit to the United Nations World Trade Organization headquarters in the Spanish capital at the start of his state visit to the country.
This was contained in a statement titled “As Nigeria is hosting a tourism conference, President Buhari welcomes the whole world” signed by Buhari Representative Femi Adesina.
Addressing his host, Buhari called the granting of hosting rights “another proof of Nigeria’s support for the organization’s vision, as well as confirmation of the trust your organization has in our country.”
He noted that this event will provide the country with another opportunity to showcase its tourism and creative industries to the world.
“It will also serve as an opportunity to spread our warm hospitality around the world and introduce the country’s leisure and business sector to potential investors. We have not-so-known miracles!
President Buhari assured participants from all over the world of “a safe and secure environment, as well as excellent conditions,” adding, “We look forward to welcoming all participants.”
The President confirmed that the country had consistently supported the organization since joining in 1975, noting that Nigeria had also been elected to chair the Commission for Africa between 2005 and 2007.
Buhari took the opportunity to thank the Secretary-General for awarding 100 UNWTO Online Academy Scholarships on Introduction to Tourism Management, emphasizing that this will further youth empowerment and education, as well as addressing the skills shortage in the tourism sector .
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, whose ministry is facilitating the conference, said that Nigeria has won the right to host the 64th UNWTO meeting in Cape Verde in 2021, explaining that “our plan is to host the event in the iconic National theater in Lagos, which is currently undergoing major renovations for the first time since it was put into operation some 46 years ago.
He added that since the announcement of the rights, serious preparations have begun with UNWTO to ensure that Nigeria hosts a world-class event to live up to the trust placed in the country by the organization.
The minister emphasized that Nigeria intended “to use the conference to demonstrate what makes Nigeria active in culture, tourism, music, cinema, gastronomy, fashion, photography and why Nigeria has become a world leader in music and cinema.”
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