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UNWTO says Nigeria needs international visitors to market its culture

Nigeria needs more international visitors to see its beauty and rich culture, says the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

• November 16, 2022
United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Nigeria needs more international visitors to see its beauty and rich culture, says the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili disclosed this at a gala in Lagos.

The UNWTO boss said he regretted coming to Nigeria without his friends and family members to witness the hospitality, music and top-notch cultural performances he and other participants were treated to.

“I really regret that I did not come here with my family members and friends to witness all these performances, but I will be back. I want to say that It is really amazing, and many thanks you showed us the best of your country, the best of the culture of your country, which is really unique,” stated Mr Pololikashvili.

He added, “That is why people around the world have to come to Nigeria. That is why you need more international visitors to come here to see the beauty and see all these authentic cultures you have.”

Mr Pololikashvili commended the federal government for accepting to host the conference and wished the country “peace, prosperity, health, wealth and all the best.”

Information minister Lai Mohammed for his passion for the industry and for his wisdom which he said the organisation had benefited immensely.

“Nigeria has one of the best tourism ministers in the world, and I am sure that the ministers here will agree and will not be upset with me. Thank you, Mr Minister, for your good heart, for your wisdom, for your hospitality because tourism is about hospitality and friendship, nothing else,” said the UNWTO chief. “You are really the best example of how to be the good boss, and how to be the good friend.”

(NAN)

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