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Africa’s Emerging Conference Capital

By Ifeanyi Osita

Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was created in 1976 as the new capital city of Nigeria. As Nigeria’s seat of power, the infrastructure of Abuja, its architecture, roads and structures are second to none in the country. Unarguably, the FCT has transformed into a superb conference centre on the African continent with world-class facilities for events and even recreation.

The Abuja International Conference Centre, one of the venues that has played host to several international events
NAF Conference Centre, Abuja

Abuja’s hospitality industry is excellent, as the city has some 5-star hotels such as Transcorp Hilton and Sheraton Hotels and Towers, while there are excellent conference centres like International Conference Centre, NAF Conference Centre and Nigeria Army Resource Centre, among others, in the neighbourhood. The choice of Abuja as the venue of international events can be attributed to its growing acceptance as a conference hub on the African continent. In recent times, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation  (UNWTO) and the Ministers of member countries of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, among others, held their international conferences in Abuja and the events were huge successes.

Delegates at the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation {UNWTO) Conference

On other good point is that Abuja has a lot of appealing side-attractions that could thrill the delegates while their conferences last. Meanwhile, the Federal Government, in recognition of the growing importance of Abuja as a blossoming conference destination in Africa has been striving to safeguard the safety of the people’s lives and property, while revamping the city’s infrastructure to meet the expanding demands of the visitors.

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