UN Tourism Meeting: Lai Mohammed Inaugurates Planning Committee

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    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
    inaugurated the planning committee for the 61st Meeting of the United
    Nations World Tourism Organisation/CAF taking place in Abuja, Nigeria,
    4th-6th June 2018.

    According to a statement signed by his SA Segun Adeyemi,  the Minister, who performed the ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, charged members of the committee to ensure the success of the event.

    “Today’s inauguration kick-starts our preparation for the hosting of
    the (UNWTO/CAF Meeting). The task ahead of us is enormous, but with
    the quality membership of the Planning Committee, we are up to the
    task and we will host a successful event,” he said.

    “You have been selected based on your knowledge and expertise in
    content, logistics and planning. Your role is to execute a successful
    event with professional inputs and assistance from the Ministry and
    the UNWTO. I have no doubt that you will take your assignments very
    seriously,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

    The Minister said the hosting right of the event, which was given to
    Nigeria, has clearly demonstrated the confidence of the CAF member
    states and the UNWTO in the country.

    He said the highlight of Nigeria’s relevance and acceptance by the
    Organization, within two years of its return after a period of
    absence, was further shown in his election as a Vice Chairman of the
    UNWTO General Assembly at an election held during the 22nd session of
    the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in September 2017.

    Alhaji Mohammed said the UNWTO meeting will afford the country the
    unique opportunity to project its image as a safe and desirable
    destination for leisure and business as well as promote the country’s
    tourism products and services.

    He said the meeting will also provide a platform for tourism
    stakeholders to interact with their counterparts from other countries,
    generate foreign exchange through accommodation in hotels, airfares
    and souvenirs purchased by foreign delegates, create direct and
    indirect employment, thereby alleviating poverty, and provide the
    platform for the training for public and private sector tourism
    officials.

    Membership of the planning committee cuts across the Federal Ministry
    of Information and Culture, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal
    Capital Territory, extra-ministerial departments and agencies as well as
    the private sector.

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