Confab: Minister seeks support of tourism writers
By Udeme Clement
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is seeking the support of Nigeria’s tourism journalists and writers for the country’s hosting of the 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting, slated for June 4-6, 2018, in Abuja.
Speaking during a meeting with members, Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism ,ANJET, in Lagos, the Minister said, ”We are keenly aware that we cannot host a successful UNWTO/CAF Meeting without you. I am therefore using this occasion to solicit your support for the success of the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO/CAF”.
Alhaji Mohammed said, “Tourism writers are Nigeria’s foremost brand ambassadors, whose writings go far beyond the shores of the country and influence the opinions of foreign tourists. With that tag of brand ambassadors, a lot of responsibility is placed on you.”
He added, “The UNWTO/CAF Meeting is a great opportunity for Nigeria, ‘in that – apart from the socio-economic gains – the event will put Nigeria, and the nation’s tourism industry in particular, on the world map, attract foreign research experts and promote the necessary network that will form the basis for future cooperation”.
“The theme of the Meeting, which is: ‘’Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development’ is apt, because it will give us the opportunity of strengthening our tourism data gathering and analysis, which is an area we have been relatively weak.”
His words, ‘With participants coming from the 51 African countries that are members of the UNWTO, as well as representatives of the UN agency, other international organisations, local and international media, as well as experts and stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the meeting will provide a good opportunity for Nigeria to showcase itself to the world, especially in the area of its culture and tourism.”
“Lagos State will host the technical visit aspect of the meeting that will be used to showcase Eko Atlantic City”.