Nigeria and the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on Friday in Madrid, Spain, signed an agreement on the hosting of the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (UNWTO CAF) Meeting 4-6 June 2018 in Abuja.
While at a ceremony at UNWTO Headquarters in the Spanish capital, Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, signed for the Nigerian Government while UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili signed for the global tourism body.
The agreement and signing which was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin, among others, contained the conditions for organizing the meeting and other details.
Speaking at the signing, the Minister said the Nigerian Government plans to use the opportunity of hosting the meeting to showcase the best of Nigeria to the world, saying Nigeria has a comparative advantage and has taken the world by storm in the area of music, movies, theatre and other aspects of the Creative Industry.
He thanked the UNWTO and its member states for their confidence in giving Nigeria the hosting right for the meeting and assured that the country would host a top class event.
The Minister said the hosting of the meeting is coming at a time that Nigeria has become a top destination for investors, especially with the Nigerian stocks having risen 12% this year, the highest globally, and the fact that Nigeria has moved up 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, earning a place on the List of Top 10 in the world.
He also said Nigeria has started implementing visa on arrival for a certain category of foreign visitors; a development that he assured will impact positively on the country’s tourism sector.
Meanwhile, the UNWTO Secretary-General who welcome the Minister earlier said the organization would assist Nigeria to develop and showcase its tourist attractions.