President Muhammadu Buhari
The 61st meeting of the UN World Tourism Organisation Commission in Abuja will be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari today with about 166 foreign delegates, 26 ministers, and 332 Nigerian top officials in attendance.
The Secretary General of the UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili flew into Nigeria on Sunday morning, and was received by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture and they addressed a joint press conference at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on the future of the global tourism industry.
The Minister for Information stated that the aim of the event was to showcase how much the tourism industry has improved arising from the current administration’s effort to stem the tide of insecurity it met on ground.
Alhaji Mohammed gave further details of the event and stated that the theme of the meeting which is “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development” fits well into the country’s quest to improve on its tourism statistics for planning purposes and the ultimate development of our tourism.
He went further by thanking President Buhari for his support of the event and the successes recorded in fighting insecurity in the country. “Nigeria is safe and secure for its citizens and for foreign tourists and investors. Whatever pockets of criminal acts that exist are being addressed squarely.”