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Hope rises for tourism as minister inaugurates committee to revise national policy, master plan

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In a bid to reposition the Nigerian tourism sector and revive stalled opportunities, Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism, has inaugurated a committee on the Review of the National Tourism and Hospitality Policy and the Nigerian Tourism Development Master Plan.

The positive development has kicked off plans by the Federal Government to make tourism count in the national economy.

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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 on April 25, 2024, 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.’

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.

She 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 in the committee’s ability to deliver a comprehensive, forward-thinking tourism policy and masterplan that will unlock the nation’s boundless potential,” the minister stated at the ceremony.