Tourism Industry Lost 770,000 Jobs To COVID-19 In Nigeria –WTTC

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According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Nigeria’s tourism industry lost 770,000 jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and spread across the country.

It made the announcement through the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, saying that the industry had lost around $4.5 billion as a result of the deadly virus’s impact around the world.

Andrew Brown, WTC’s Regional Director, mentioned this in a statement made available to our Abuja correspondent by the NESG on the group’s recent discussion on the growth of Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

Brown remarked in his goodwill message to the event that before the outbreak of COVID-19, travel, and tourism employed 330 million people worldwide, with that number expected to rise to 440 million by 2030.

“However, he emphasized that the tourist and hospitality sectors globally lost roughly $4.5 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 770,000 jobs destroyed in Nigeria alone,” the statement said in part.

He urged industry operators to take safety precautions and create protocols that would make passengers feel safe while traveling.

Furthermore, Brown stated that women held 54% of all jobs in the travel and tourism industry and that stakeholders should continue to promote all actions that establish an equal workplace environment that allows women to thrive.

The forum was hosted by the NESG’s Tourism and Hospitality Industries Thematic Group, and the theme was “Repositioning Nigeria’s Tourism and Hospitality Sectors for Sustainable Growth and Profitability,” according to the NESG.

Udeme Ufot, a board member of the NESG, said Nigeria was ideally positioned as an all-year-round tourist destination with a strong domestic tourism sector, abundant natural resources, and a diverse range of associations in his remarks at the event.

He stated that the NESG was committed to sectoral reforms in order to address some of the issues plaguing the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry, such as the lack of comprehensive operator databases and clear, identifiable sector value chains.

Ufot stated that stakeholders must recognize the crucial role that government must play in moving the sector forward, while also supporting the execution of policies that would help the sector grow.

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