Akwa Ibom State To Host World Tourism Day
Ekene Okafor, Lagos
Akwa Ibom State government in line with its ARISE Agenda is upgrading the tourism sector and has concluded arrangements to host the 2023 edition of the World Tourism Day, WTD, celebration in the state.
The ARISE Agenda by the State Governor, Umo Eno aimed at repositioning the state’s tourism sector by revitalising the infrastructure base and redesigning its destination marketing tools to achieve improved results.
The WTD 2023 celebration is being organised in collaboration with the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), which is the umbrella body of private sector operators in the industry.
It has its theme as ‘Tourism & Green Investment” and will be held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom Statement capital, from 26th to 28th September.
The FTAN President, Mr. Nkereuwem Onung who doubles as the Senior Special Adviser to the Akwa Ibom Governor on Tourism, said; “All executive committee members of the various affiliated operators’ groups in the state are expected to attend the events.
“Owners and operators of hospitality, catering, and leisure facilities should prepare adequately to host to the teeming guests that are coming in.”
The World Tourism Day 2023 is expected to gather tourism practitioners from across Nigeria, heads of federal and state agencies, including key stakeholders and practitioners.
Akwa Ibom government has unveiled activities lined up for the three-day event to include a Tourism Conference & Award Nite for September 27th, as well as visits to ‘State Tourism Assets.’
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has identified investments as one of the key priorities for tourism’s recovery and future development.
Ahead of the event, the UNWTO highlighted the need for more and better-targeted investments for people, for planet, and prosperity. It will be a call to action to the international community, governments, multilateral financial institutions, development partners, and private sector investors to unite around a new tourism investment strategy.