Imo State will join the rest of the world on Monday, September 27 to mark the 2021 World Tourism Day.
The State Commissioner for Tourism, Mazi Uche Ohia disclosed this in his office at a meeting of Imo State World Tourism Day Planning Committee.
Ohia said that “the state will seize the opportunity to create awareness and underscore the role of tourism in creating jobs and in contributing to the overall development of the economy.
Ohia extended invitation to tourism stakeholders, enthusiasts and the public to participate in the events that would mark the day.
He disclosed that due to the resurgence of a variant of the Covid 19 pandemic, the events would be hosted virtually.
The World Tourism Day is held annually to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
According to the World Tourism Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations Organization, tourism is a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability.
The agency said it is also an instrument for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Imo State World Tourism Planning Committee, James Nduji, stated that the committee would deliver as expected.
Nduji thanked the Commissioner for reposing confidence in the members.
The members of the planning committee are drawn from staff of the Imo State Ministry of Tourism and major stakeholders in the Tourism and Hospital industry in the state.