Kale, Coker to speak on tourism potential at ATTWON forum


Former Statistician General of the Federation (SGF) and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr. Yemi Kale, is one of the key speakers that will unleash the limitless potential of tourism sector at  the Association of Travel and Tourism Writers of Nigeria’s (ATTWON) first Capacity Building Initiative Series.

Tagged ‘Finding the Nexus between the Stats and Travel’, the event is billed for ATTWON Creative Hub in Lagos tomorrow (November 21, 2017) at 11amprompt.

Other confirmed speakers are Mr.  Folorunsho Coker, DG Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and Soji Odedina, CEO, First Catalyst Marketing Agency to mention but a few.

Tourism is said to have contributed 1.7 per cent to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, with an expectation of increasing 1.1 per cent every year till 2025.

Dr. Kale will be explaining this alongside the projection by the Institute of Directors (IOD) of N1.56trillion from tourism by 2025.

He will be taking relevant and latest statistics from across five sectors of the economy and establishing baseline statistics for tourism.

The expert will more especially, attempt to educate journalists on how to report travel and tourism, using statistics.

This is particularly a landmark event for travel and tourism as key stakeholders will be present to respond to the presentation, especially against the backdrop of the newly passed NTDC law.

A son  of a retired Army General, Kale was born  on October 7, 1975 in Ogun State.

Some of his achievements include the rebasing of the outdated base year of Gross Domestic Products (GDP), which made Nigeria the largest economy in Africa and the 26th largest economy in the world.

The rebasing captured the structural changes in the economy especially in banking, telecommunication  and entertainment sector where Nigeria recorded dramatic growth in recent years.

The results were validated by a panel of local academic experts, which include Professors Olu Ajakaiye, Akpan Ekpo, Ganiyu Garba, Ayo Teriba, Yemi Fajingbesi, Doyin Salami and Adeola Adenikiju.

Kale’s achievements also include the finalisation of the broad national census of commercial and industrial businesses, use of CAPI device and established data release calendar.



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