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From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

The Federal Government, has called for the support of the Lagos State Government towards the successful hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries.

The event is scheduled to hold at the National Theatre, Lagos, from November 14th to 16th, 2022.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call when he led some members of the conference’s planning committee on a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Speaking during the visit, Mohammed, in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, said Lagos State was chosen as the host city because of its premier role in tourism, culture and the creative industries.

 

“While Nigeria is the host country of the inaugural edition of this global event, Lagos is the host city, which is very fitting, considering the premier role of the state in tourism, culture and the creative industries,” Mohammed told Sanwo-Olu.

Mohammed further said Nigeria won the right to host the event in 2021, during the 64th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) which took place in Cape Verde.

According to Mohammed, ”Granting Nigeria the hosting right is a recognition of the country’s growing status, acknowledged globally, in culture, tourism and the creative industries – which comprise many sectors, including music, film, advertising, animation, architecture, design, gaming, gastronomy, performing arts, software and interactive games as well as radio and television.”

The minister also said the conference will bring together, top executives of the UNWTO, Ministers of Tourism, Culture, Arts and the Creative Industries from the 166 member states of the organization, international and local stakeholders and the media, among others.

The Minister listed some of the socio-economic benefits that Nigeria will derive from the conference as showcasing Nigeria’s tourism, culture and creative assets; projecting Nigeria’s image as a safe and desirable destination for leisure and business; consolidating on Nigeria’s relationship with the UNWTO and its member states, generating foreign exchange and creating direct and indirect jobs.

 

He said the conference will also highlight the restart of travel and tourism in a safe and seamless manner after the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in a near collapse of the sector; foster interaction and exchange of ideas and best practices with key industry players; and create opportunities for the training of public and private sector tourism officials.

He added that the choice of the National Theatre, which is the hub of arts and entertainment in Nigeria, is most appropriate as the UNWTO conference will mark the return of the iconic edifice to its role, following the ongoing $100-million rehabilitation of the edifice, and the construction of hubs for music, film, fashion and IT by the Bankers Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Your Excellency, please permit me to specially recognize the role of the Lagos State Government in the ongoing restoration of the National Theatre to its former glory. The Lagos State Government is providing invaluable support in partnership with the proponents of the Lagos Creative and Entertainment Centre – the project conceived to refurbish the National Theatre and build a new community of facilities for the fashion, film, music and IT sectors,” Mohammed stated.

On his part, Sanwo-Olu expressed the willingness of the Lagos State Government to partner with the Federal Government to ensure the success of the UNWTO Conference through the provision of resources and manpower.

He said the state government has already keyed into the conference by dedicating November as the month of Arts and Culture, as it will be hosting the National Festival of Arts and Culture, unveiling the JK Randle African Museum and holding an International Art Exhibition, among other events, within the period.

 

 

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