Nigeria’s Tourism Minister Receives African Youth Tourism Award for Leadership in Sustainable Tourism

Lagos, Nigeria

Hon. Lola Ade-John, the esteemed Minister of Tourism in Nigeria, has honored with the prestigious African Youth Tourism Award for her outstanding leadership in promoting sustainable tourism within the nation. The recognition was bestowed upon her by the Convener of African Youth Tourism Festival, Amb. Ayo Omotoso and his esteemed team during the opening of the event held at the iconic Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, the 16th of April 2024, was themed “Uniting African Youth for Tourism Development Agenda,” signifying the pivotal role of the youth in driving sustainable tourism initiatives across the African continent. Hon. Lola Ade-John’s commendable efforts and contributions towards this cause were celebrated and acknowledged during the ceremony.

As the Minister of Tourism she has been instrumental in spearheading various initiatives aimed at enhancing the tourism sector in Nigeria while ensuring its sustainability for future generations. Her visionary leadership has played a crucial role in promoting responsible tourism practices, fostering community engagement, and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the nation.

Hon. Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism, Federal Republic of Nigeria delivering her speech during the opening at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Nigeria

Under her guidance, Nigeria’s tourism industry has witnessed significant growth and development, attracting both domestic and international tourists alike. From promoting eco-friendly tourism activities to supporting local artisans and businesses, and her commitment to sustainable tourism has been unwavering.

Amb. Ayo Omotoso, alongside his dedicated team, recognized Hon. Ade-John’s exemplary leadership and dedication to advancing the tourism sector during the award ceremony. They commended her for her tireless efforts in championing initiatives that not only drive economic growth but also prioritize environmental conservation and cultural preservation.

The Convener, Amb. Ayo Omotoso and his team in a discussion with Hon. Lola Ade-John, Minister of the Tourism, Nigeria after she declared the event open

In her earlier speech before declaring the event open, the Minister reiterated her commitment to furthering the cause of sustainable tourism in Nigeria and beyond. She emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnership among stakeholders, including the youth, to achieve sustainable tourism development goals.

The event at Tafawa Balewa Square served as a platform for African youths to converge under an umbrella and for Tourism stakeholders from across Africa to come together, share ideas, and chart a course for the future of tourism on the continent which underscore the vital role that leadership, innovation, and youth engagement play in shaping the tourism landscape for generations to come.

As she received the African Youth Tourism Award for Leadership in Sustainable Tourism, it not only celebrated her individual achievements but also served as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring youth, leaders and advocates within the tourism sector. Her dedication and passion for sustainable tourism serve as a testament to the transformative power of visionary leadership in driving positive change.

Her receipt of the African Youth Tourism Award highlights her exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to advancing sustainable tourism in Nigeria and across Africa, where this recognition will serve as a catalyst for continued collaboration and action towards building a more sustainable and inclusive tourism industry for the benefit of all.

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