Global tourism experts have converged on Lagos, Nigeria for the United Nation’s World Tourism global conference holding at the National Arts Theatre, in the Iganmu area of the State.
The conference is designed to promote the development and growth of tourism culture and creative industries.
It also seeks to promote the cultural heritages of all member states and build long lasting peace across the world.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is attending the conference, said the country has made history by bringing the world to Nigeria.
“First is the fact that this is the first time the UNWTO would be bringing stakeholders in tourism, culture and the creative industries together at a single forum to deliberate on issues of common interest. Secondly, this is the first event to be held since the completion of phase 1 of the 100-million-dollar renovation of the iconic National Theatre.
“It’s important to note that this is the first major renovation work on the National Theatre since it was built over 40 years ago. Many thanks to the Bankers’ Committee for this great job,”. Lai Mohammed said.
The Minister noted that Nigeria has a lot to benefit from the conference as it has the potential to alleviate poverty and stimulate the nation’s economic growth as well as mitigate climate change.
The event, which ends on Wednesday, is expected to attract tourism and culture organizations, international firms, destination management industries and stakeholders from the public and private sectors
Delegates from 166 member countries are expected to participate in the conference.
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu