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First-ever UNWTO Global Conference: Host Nigeria Invites 166 Countries To Lagos

Delegates from the 166 member states of the UNWTO, as well as UNWTO top officials and experts, international organizations, stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism, cultural and the creative industries, and the media, are expected to participate in the global conference.

Nigeria is set to host the first-ever United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference on tourism, culture and creative industries in Lagos from November 14 to 16, 2022.

To this end, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has formally invited all member- states of the organization to the event.

Mohammed used the occasion of the ongoing 65th Meeting of the UNWTO-Commission for Africa in Arusha, Tanzania, to invite member-states.

”I look forward to welcoming you all to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve center,” he said, announcing that the global conference would be held at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Built in 1976 as a focal point for the celebration of Nigeria’s art and culture, the national monument had hosted the 1st Festival of Arts and Culture, popularly known as FESTAC, in 1977.

”The National Theatre is currently being massively renovated and rehabilitated, with four additional verticals that will cater for music, film, fashion and ICT being built.

“It is therefore fitting that this conference will take place there,” Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the President on Media, Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, said in a statement wired to Persecondnews from Arusha, Tanzania, on Wednesday.

Delegates from the 166 member states of the UNWTO, as well as UNWTO top officials and experts, international organizations, stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism, cultural and the creative industries, and the media, are expected to participate in the global conference.

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