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Taking place in Abuja, Nigeria from June 04 – 06, the 61st Meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa saw 18 tourism ministers and key tourism stakeholders from 36 countries discuss how dependable statistics aid better tourism management.

The theme of this year’s seminar was Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development while the meeting included a ministerial dialogue on the importance of tourism statistics under the topic Better measure, better manage.

The ministerial dialogue addressed the significance of collecting and compiling quantitative and qualitative data, as well as the importance of commitments from national stakeholders and institutional partnerships for a rigorous tourism statistics system.

In this context, the need for establishing a Statistical Framework for the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism was addressed.