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

Lagos, Nigeria

Hon. Lola Ade-John, the esteemed Minister of Tourism in Nigeria, was 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 the African Youth Tourism Festival Amb. Ayo Omotoso and his esteemed team after she delivered a captivating speech and declared the event open 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 tourism 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.

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, Hon. Lola Ade-John’s commitment to sustainable tourism has been unwavering.

Amb. Ayo Omotoso, along with his dedicated team, recognized Hon. Lola 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.

In her Hon. Lola Ade-John 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.

On his part Amb. Ayo Omotoso appreciated the Minister’s unwavering dedication to the advancement of tourism in Nigeria as she embarked on various visits to different States within Nigeria, an example, her presence at the African Youth Tourism Festival, a great testimony to her passion and love for the African youths in the tourism sector.

The event at Tafawa Balewa Square served as a platform for African youths in tourism and other tourism stakeholders from across Africa to come converge, share ideas, and chart a new course for the future of tourism on the continent. It also underscored the vital role that leadership, innovation, and youth engagement can play in shaping the tourism landscape for generations to come.

As Hon. Lola Ade-John 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 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.

Hon. Ade-John’s receipt of the African Youth Tourism Award highlights her exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to advancing sustainable tourism in Nigeria and by extension across Africa, in which such a recognition will serve as a catalyst for continued collaboration and further pro- activeness towards building a more sustainable and inclusive tourism industry for the benefit of all.

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