UNWTO awards 100 tourism scholarships to Nigeria

Lai Mohammed

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has awarded 100 Tourism Online Academy Scholarships to Nigerians willing to undertake basic training in the field of tourism.

Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the offer was presented to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, at a dinner hosted by the UNWTO in honour of the Minister and his delegation in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday night.

Pololikashvili was quoted as saying, ”The World Tourism Organization recognizes the efforts of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its Minister of Information and Culture. Hon. Mr Lai Mohammed, to empower youth and boost quality education in tourism by granting 100 UNWTO Tourism Online Academy Scholarships.”

He said the scholarships will lead to the award of certificate on the introduction to Tourism – Industry Management Course.

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The UNWTO Tourism Online Academy is a partnership between the world tourism organization and the IE University in Madrid, Spain.

Responding to the scholarship offer, the Minister of Information and Culture said the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries will be announced very soon.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Minister and the UNWTO Secretary-General signed the hosting agreement for the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry, to be held in Lagos 14-17 November 2022.

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