The recognition of the role of tourism in sustainable development and the emphasis placed in the SDGs on the development of public policies for sustainable tourism is a landmark breakthrough that provides a unique opportunity for all governments to create a sound and favourable policy foundation.
The first two years of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda have shown that countries are making headway in aligning national strategies, adapting institutional frameworks and adjusting policies to realize the SDGs.
The countries’ efforts have been reported in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), presented by UN Member States during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2016 and 2017
In Nigeria’s Voluntary National Review 2017, tourism is seen as an opportunity to protect the biodiversity in the county and ensure the production of a good ecosystem. Nigeria has integrated contemporary environmental concerns as an integral part of the national development policy and plan. One of the specific strategies is to rehabilitate all forest reserves and national parks is to enhance eco-tourism.
The country sees the importance in partnering with the private sector, and the 2016 budget of the National Action Plan illustrates this. The National Action Plan provided an opportunity for collaboration and partnership through private sector investments by implementing a road map to increase private sector investment in tourism.