UNWTO conference will provide an opportunity for the market economy | The Guardian Nigeria News

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Nigeria would benefit from hosting the first United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tourism, Culture and creative industries, as this would have an impact on the economy.

Speaking yesterday at a press conference in Lagos on the upcoming conference, he said the conference will be held from 14-16 November 2022, in Lagos.

The right to host the event, which is themed “Connecting Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development”, was granted to Nigeria in 2021, during the 64th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) in Cape Verde.

According to the Minister, “Countries generally bid to host international conferences and events as they provide a credible opportunity and platform to market the different sectors of their national economies. Nigeria intends to leverage this very important event to market and showcase its diverse and unique assets in tourism, culture and creative industries.

A team from UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, is currently in Nigeria on a pre-conference mission.

The team includes the Director of the Regional Department for Africa, Ms. Elcia Grandcourt; the deputy director of the regional department for Africa, Mr. Jaime Mayaki; and the communication expert for Africa, Mr. Kojo Bentum.

The purpose of the mission, in accordance with the rules of the organization, is to inspect the conference facilities, which include the National Theatre; which is the venue, designated hotels, venue for social events and finally to receive briefs from the planning committee.

“The upcoming conference will therefore address current challenges and ways in which member states can harness emerging opportunities to accelerate global economic recovery. It will also be a unique networking opportunity for key industry players, practitioners, public and private sector policy makers to discuss contemporary and future issues as well as to exchange ideas and information relating to tourism, culture and creative industries,” said the minister.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sectors of global economies, but especially the travel and tourism sector; leading to its near collapse. With the resumption and lifting of restrictions in almost all regions of the world, world leaders and the international community are looking for industries capable of driving socio-economic recovery, accelerating job creation and inclusive development. Therefore, tourism and the creative industries have enormous potential to fulfill. this gap as the fastest growing sectors of the global economy.

The tourism sector, it is noted, creates one job in 10, while the creative industries generate around 30 million jobs, mainly for young people and women who constitute almost half of the workers and represent 6.1 % of world GDP.

He noted that the right to host demonstrates the confidence of the organization and its member states in Nigeria and its ability to host such an important and large conference. This will be the fifth time that Nigeria will host UNWTO Member States.

He also praised the efforts of Cappa D’Alberto and SANEF, the contractor and consultant, who are carrying out the renovation works of the National Theater. “They have shown tremendous commitment in accelerating work to ensure that the necessary conference spaces and facilities are ready and available for use. I therefore assure the visiting team that by the end of next month, we will have a venue ready for the conference.

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