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.


Eid-El-Fitr: Consevator-General urges Nigerians to patronise National Parks

Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General, National Parks Service has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of Eid-el-fitr to patronise any of its parks across the country in order to appreciate Nigeria’s natural treasure.

Goni, who  made the call in an interview Wednesday in Abuja said:  “I want Nigerians to make out time during the Sallah break to visit the Park closer to them so as to recreate and have a happy and peaceful Eid-il-Fitr.’’

According to him, patronising the parks will go a long way in helping to develop them to acceptable global standards.

“It will also enhance the revenue drive of the parks, thereby, contributing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

“We are working to preserve and protect the nation’s natural heritage and the cultural edifices that memorialise them across generations, and if we don’t patronise them, they will go moribund.’’


Nigeria remains a very important market for South African tourism’

South African Tourism mandate in West Africa, particularly Nigeria and Ghana is to promote South Africa as a preferred holiday destination of choice.

As part of its marketing efforts to ensure maximum exposure, the organisation recently hosted a group of trade partners and journalists to a tour of Free State, Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng provinces.

The nine-day fun trip ended in Soweto, with a networking session between hosted trade partners and South African Property Opportunities (SAPO).

In an interview with CHUKS NWANNE at the event, the Regional Manager (West Africa) for South African Tourism, Hloni Pitso, spoke on the idea behind the hosting and the desire of SAT to build strong relationship with its partners and tourists from West Africa.