Ever since I got to know about World Tourism Day, I started celebrating it every year by writing a blog post. See here, here and here. This year, I wanted to celebrate it differently. I searched the internet to see if anyone had ever celebrated or planned to celebrate World Tourism Day Nigeria but found nothing.

So my company, Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd, teamed up with some tourism enthusiasts: Lagos Laidbac, TVP Adventures, Unravelling Nigeria, Travel with a Pen and Folas Waka to make World Tourism Day Nigeria 2017 happen.

One of the events we hosted was a photo contest on “How To Be A Responsible Traveller”. This year United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) launched a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness about the essence of Sustainable tourism and how it contributes towards development. Their Travel.Enjoy.Respect campaign aims at engaging tourist all over the world to make the tourism sector a catalyst for positive change and development.

We used Instagram as the platform for the contest. The requirement was for participants to share photos of them at a Nigerian tourist site they had visited. They also had to write a caption story of less than 50 words on how they can be better Responsible Travelers. The idea was to create awareness on the benefits of Sustainable Tourism and encourage Domestic Tourism in Nigeria.

At the end of the contest, the three (3) pictures with the highest number of likes won prizes from our sponsors. The winners were announced on World Tourism Day which was on Wednesday 27th September, 2017.

The three (3) winners got an All-Expense Paid Local Trip from TVP Adventures, Unravelling Nigeria and Travel Next Door respectively. Each of them also got branded t-shirts and key holders from Lagos Laidbac.

Big congratulations to Ugonna Nwachukwu, Bolaji Tosin and Adaeze Favour.

A huge thank you to the sponsors for the prizes.

I am glad that this year, we were able to celebrate World Tourism Day Nigeria by giving out local tour packages and souvenirs. That’s the major essence of celebrating World Tourism Day to showcase what we have as a tourism destination. I am looking forward to celebrating next year’s edition.

So tell me, how did you celebrate World Tourism Day in your own country or city/location?

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