Tourism minister sets up committee to revise National Tourism Policy

Posted on: April 26, 2024, by :

Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John has inaugurated a Committee on the Review of the National Tourism and Hospitality Policy and the Nigerian Tourism Development Master Plan.

The development formally kick starts plans by the Federal Government geared towards repositioning and shaping Nigeria’s tourism sector and reviving its stalled industry.

The committee comprises directors from various ministries, industry experts, and representatives from the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony which took place in Abuja, Thursday, April 25, the minister said the committee, which comprises diverse groups of public and private stakeholders, aims to harness collective wisdom, expertise, and creativity to craft policies and master plans ‘that will propel Nigeria to new heights as a premier tourist destination.’

According to her, the inauguration ‘underscores the government’s commitment to driving economic diversification in line with the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda.’

Ms Ade-John who also emphasized the importance of collaboration among stakeholders, further urged members of the committee to share insights and contribute constructively to the process.

According to the minister, the committee’s mandate includes the review of the existing National Tourism and Hospitality Policy, last updated in 2005, to ensure alignment with current global trends and address emerging challenges.

In addition, the committee is expected to evaluate and update the Nigerian Tourism Development Master Plan to provide a strategic roadmap for the growth and development of the sector.

The minister further highlighted the transformative potential of tourism, emphasizing its role in promoting economic growth, sustainable development, cultural exchange, and social cohesion.

The minister charged the committee to ensure that it comes up with a comprehensive and sustainable policy framework to fully harness the country’s tourism potential adapted to the changing dynamics of the global tourism industry.

The committee members are expected to craft policies aligned with global best practices while meeting Nigeria’s unique needs and aspirations.

“With strategic planning and innovation, Nigeria aims to become a leading tourism destination in Africa and globally.
“I am confident of the committee’s ability to deliver a comprehensive, forward-thinking tourism policy and master-plan that will unlock the nation’s boundless potential,” the minister stated at the ceremony.

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