UNWTO calls for increase support for tourism

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ABUJA –  The Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Thursday called for international aid support to ensure of the sector’s growing contribution to socioeconomic .

This is contained the June edition of UNWTO journal made available to newsmen Abuja.

It said the need for the support came while debating tourism’s higher prioritisation the agenda at a Focus Session: “Tourism as an Engine for Growth and ’’.

“Despite being a high-impact economic activity, a major job generator and a key export sector, accounting for six per cent of total trade.

“It receives only 0.5 per cent of the total Aid for Trade disbursements and a mere 0.13 per cent of the total Official Assistance,’’ it said.

The report highlighted “the intersection of the three imperatives of tourism development, social inclusion and green growth could hold the key to substantial resources.

“Tourism should be part of the architecture of the Effective Development Cooperation Agenda helping to an inclusive, sustainable and people centered growth.

“Cooperation flows for tourism can act as catalyses for national development efforts at different levels middle income and least developed countries.

“These flows can trigger sector investment, contributing to a greater effectiveness of Aid and reduction,’’ the report said. (NAN)