UNWTO Secretary General Commends Nigeria for Successful Hosting of Commission for Africa

UNWTO Secretary General Commends Nigeria for Successful Hosting of Commission for Africa

As delegates to the 61st United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/Commission for Africa (CAF) meeting wounds up with a visit to Lagos, the Secretary General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, Has described the three days meeting as the best ever to be held even as he commended Nigeria for a successful hosting, promising to help the country develop and promote its tourism industry.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja addressed by him and Nigeria Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  Pololikashvili said the UNWTO will leverage on the success of the meeting to promote Nigeria to become a top tourist destination in the world, and commended the Mohammed for putting Nigeria on the global tourism map.
“Thanks to the Minister that is pushing Nigeria as a new tourist
destination. We are here to support Nigeria to be the most important and most attractive place to come to visit to enjoy the culture,” declared Pololikashvili.
The UNWTO scribe who alongside his team paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, where they briefed the president on the meeting and its outcome as well as the need for Nigeria to place more emphasis on tourism,  said the commitment shown by the president to
tourism development has motivated the UNWTO to renew its interest in Nigeria.
He particularly commended the administration’s visa on arrival policy, which he said has made Nigeria one of the most accessible countries and urged other countries to emulate the policy.
Pololikashvili said the UNWTO/CAF Meeting, which saw over 36 Africa countries and 166 delegates, including over 20 tourism ministers in attendance, has provided a veritable platform to discuss and articulate concrete steps towards the development of tourism on the continent.
“We had very interesting discussions with ministers and we made very concrete decisions on how to continue and how to work with African Continent, which has full support from our organization, and we are very glad that we are going in the right way.

“We have an ambitious plan. We want to promote Africa as one of the main and most important tourism destinations in the world,” he said.
In his remarks, Mohammed said he is satisfied with the conduct of the meeting. “I know it is for our guests to assess the event, but I must say that I am quite satisfied with the way the meeting has gone so far – the impressive attendance, the quality of contributions, the spectacular nature of the social events and, in particular, the passion and commitment of the secretary general, who has attended all the key events..
“Without being immodest, let me say that we are very proud of the hosting of the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO CAF. We are very proud of the role played by the UNWTO and CAF. We are happy with the attendance of delegates and we are happy with the events overall,” he said.
Lai Mohammed thanked the UNWTO Secretary general and his entire team for their support and guidance during the three-day event.

The event came to an end with a visit by the delegates to Lagos state Government, Freedom Park in Broad Street and the Eko Atlantic City as par to the technical visit to witness the unfolding city, which is near completion.


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