Curator of Benin Museum and Monuments, Mr Theophilus Umogbai, has posited that crude oil in Nigeria had hampered the development of the tourism sector.
Umoghai made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
He said the earnings from crude oil made successive governments to neglected the development of the tourism sector, and commended President Goodluck Jonathan, for giving the industry a facelift.
The fourteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics meeting in Rome, Italy (17-18 November 2014) commended the efforts of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners to advance Accessible Tourism for All. The Committee firmly supported the “Montreal Declaration – A World for All”, the outcome document of the recent World Summit on Destinations for All, and participated actively in the 1st Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe held in San Marino on 19-20 November.
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Tourism has vast potential to transform lives, mainly in terms of job creation and human development. The African continent welcomed 65 million visitors, in 2013 alone. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) projects that Africa’s international tourist arrivals will increase to 134 million, an increase of 106 per cent by 2030.
In the recent issue of the Africa Tourism Monitor, a joint publication produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), New York University’s Africa House and the Africa Travel Association (ATA), the focus is on Africa’s greatest asset: its people.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has announced that Africa’s Top Travel Tradeshow, Indaba 2015, will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from 9 to 11 May next year.
Indaba is the biggest platform for African tourism businesses to meet global buyers of their products and services.