The Lagos State Government is set to play host to African Tourism Ministers and other delegates attending the ongoing 61st meeting of United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Commission for Africa currently holding in Abuja.
According to a statement released by the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the “technical visit” to Lagos State is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 6th June 2017.
It stated that the visiting delegates will comprise Ministers of Tourism from African countries, top executives of United Nations World Tourism Organisation, heads of Tourism promotions agencies as well as tourism and travel stakeholders across the African continent.
The release said that the team, led by Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, will pay a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and embark on a tour of Eko Atlantic City to witness the ongoing transformation of the waterfront area into an entirely new smart city with abundant business and tourism prospects.
The statement added that the entourage will also visit Freedom Park on Broad Street and a few other tourist attractions in the State.
“This visit by the African Tourism Ministers and other delegates to Lagos State is yet another golden opportunity to market our great State to the world and to express our commitment to the initiative that Africamust first and foremost appreciate and promote its incomparable beauty through domestic tourism before the rest of the world can celebrate us,” Ayorinde said.
Nigeria won the bid to host the elite gathering of African tourism policy formulators and regulators in the Federal Capital Territory while Lagos State, being a leading tourism haven in West Africa as well as a key partner of the Federal Government is playing host to the visitors.