One hundred online Academy Scholarships have been awarded to Nigerians by United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

The awards are specifically for students willing to undertake basic training in the field of tourism, The Punch reports.

The development was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi.

According to Adeyemi, the offer was presented to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, at a dinner hosted by the UNWTO in honour of the Minister and his delegation in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday night.

In the words of Pololikashvili, ”The World Tourism Organization recognizes the efforts of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its Minister of Information and Culture. Hon. Mr Lai Mohammed, to empower youth and boost quality education in tourism by granting 100 UNWTO Tourism Online Academy Scholarships.”

He emphasized that the scholarships will lead to the award of certificate on the introduction to Tourism – Industry Management Course as the initiative, UNWTO Tourism Online Academy is a partnership between the world tourism organization and the IE University in Madrid, Spain.

On the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries, the Minister of Information and Culture, while responding to the scholarship offer said the beneficiaries will be announced very soon.