The office of the Minister of Information and Culture recently confirmed that it had granted Kebbi State government the right to host Nigeria’s celebration of this year’s World Tourism Day.
The Kebbi State government officials in Birnin Kebbi have also confirmed their readiness to host the retinue of activities lined-up by the Ministry of Information and Culture for this year’s WTD activities in Nigeria.
Since the 1970s, every September 27th is marked, by the United Nations, as a global observance day for creating awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic contributions to tourist destinations and host communities. World Tourism Days have, in recent history, become occasions to equally x-ray the contributions that the sector makes in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It is now confirmed that Nigeria’s observance of the 2021 World Tourism Day, in Kebbi State, would highlight the country’s rich cultural tourism destinations and leading products. This year, the program of events for Nigeria would run for five days, culminating in a grand finale on 27th September in Argungu. It is noteworthy that, Argungu Emirate is the host community of the prestigious International Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
Recently, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation announced the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day as Tourism for Inclusive Growth in a statement published on UNWTO’s website which reads “This is an opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and acknowledge that, behind every number, there is a person. UNWTO invites its member states as well as non-members, sister UN agencies, businesses and individuals to celebrate tourism’s unique ability to ensure that nobody is left behind as the world begins to open up again and look to the future.”
The Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who is a member of Nigeria’s 2021 World Tourism Day Planning Committee listed the activities scheduled for the tourism day celebration to include international media briefings, mini-durbar by Argungu Emirate Council, cultural displays, charity polo matches, guided tour of prominent tourist sites and the turbanning of Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed as the ‘Kaakakin’ Kebbi.
The World Tourism Day Planning Committee includes the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) among other stakeholders.
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