At UNWTO-CAF meeting, stakeholders seek development of tourism statistics in Africa

In a bid to create a platform for tourism stakeholders in Africa to brainstorm and chart way forward for the sector, especially in the area of building statistics, the Federal Government of Nigeria recently partnered the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to host a seminar under the theme, Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development.

Held in Abuja as part of the 61st UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa, which was hosted by Nigeria, the session brought together African representatives of national tourism administrations and other related sectors, statistical institutes, international and regional organisations, the private sector and guests from the academia gathered at the, who took turns to proffer solution to lack of data and statistics in the continent, which remains a major challenge to the development of tourism, especially in Nigeria.

In a communiqué titled Abuja Call for Action for the Development of Tourism Statistics in Africa, participants acknowledge that tourism is a transformative socio-economic sector that can contribute substantially to the diversification of national economies and the improvement of livelihoods in our region, adding that the number of international arrivals to and receipts earned by destinations in the region has shown a sustained growth in the past decades.