Abuja - The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on Tuesday identified tourism as a key for regional integration and development.
This is contained in the June edition of UNWTO journal made available to newsmen in Abuja.
It stated that tourism promotes regional integration and sustainable development agenda as well as stimulate growth through visa facilitation and air connectivity.
"Regional integration translates into stronger economic development and identified infrastructure, visa facilitation, transportation, public/private partnerships.It also translates to public sector coordination and branding as fundamental success factors in the development of tourism routes." the statement said.
"Tourism record figures continue to renew our confidence in the sector and remind us that with great power comes great responsibility.The responsibility to ensure that tourism’s growth translates into improved livelihoods and a sustainable future for our planet and the generations to come. We are using this medium to tell the world about our commitment in making tourism a true force for sustainable development worldwide,'' it stated.
The report recalled the contribution of tourism to cultural understanding and peace.
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