How to boost tourism development in Nigeria, by UN

 By Moses Ebosele – 
To successfully enhance tourism development, the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has advised Nigeria to put into consideration the critical role of technical assistance, capacity building, Tourism Master Plan and international conferences.
The UN Agency announced the measures at the end of a two-day meeting
with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed  and the global tourism agency in Madrid, Spain,on Wednesday.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant (SA) to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, explained that at the meeting, held at the headquarters of the UNWTO, Nigeria also
expressed 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.
According to the Agency, 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.
In the area of capacity building, “the focus 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
“UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, who led the agency’s strong
delegation to the meeting, said the implementation of the programmes
would start immediately and continue for the next two years”.
He commended the Minister for his ”great intelligence and big
vision” for tourism in Nigeria, adding that the ”good chemistry”
between him and the Minister must be used for the good of Nigeria.
For his part, the Minister, who led the Nigerian delegation to the
meeting, described it as ”most useful” and beneficial to the
He was quoted as saying ”I want to express the appreciation of the Government and people of
Nigeria to the UNWTO for their support. You have been passionate in
your collaboration and you have helped us in more ways than we could