Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says culture and tourism in the new world order are referred to as soft power because of their influence in economic and international relations. Osinbajo said this at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Conference Hotel and Suites, Abeokuta, Ogun State, as the Special Guest of Honour. He said that the location of the facility in Abeokuta would attract international conferences organisers desirous of serenity and tourism potentials.
The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organized jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded today in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing creativity in cities, and spreading tourism’s socioeconomic benefits to all.
A key conclusion from the conference was the need for a clear and strong link between tourism, culture and local community stakeholders. Cultural tourism policies and strategies must consider the perspectives and interests of local communities, who can also assist governance bodies in balancing tourism
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said the Culture and Tourism Sectors have recorded gross shortfall in revenue generation in 2017. Mohammed said only N500, 000 was generated in 2017 as against the N620, 000 generated in 2016.
This was revealed yesterday during the 2018 Budget defense of the ministry before the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism. Mohammed said: “In 2016 fiscal year, the culture sector generated N620, 000 which has since been remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund, Mohammed said.”
There is popular sayings that, “once in a while, take a trip to places that you have never been before”.This saying makes a lot of sense to me and I want to believe same to you. In Nigeria, we are blessed with a lot of attractive sites and cultural heritage from nature to mankind. It will amaze you when you see the quality of natural heritage Nigeria hosts.
Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is a sacred forest along the banks of the Osun River just outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State, in South Western Nigeria.
The Osun-Osogbo Grove is among the last of the sacred forests which usually adjoined the edges of most Yoruba cities before extensive urbanization. In recognition of its global significance and its cultural value, the Sacred Grove was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.