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Africa: Enugu State Ministry for Culture and Tourism to Collaborate with Local Travel Agencies to Boost Tourism

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The Enugu State Ministry for Culture and Tourism has announced plans to collaborate with travel agencies based in Enugu.

This partnership aims to foster an investment-friendly environment and develop sustainable tourism policies for the state’s growth in the tourism sector.

According to nationonlineng.net, the decision was reached during a recent courtesy visit to the Enugu State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ugochi Madueke, by the travels and tours agencies led by the Principal Executive of Flyzone Tourism, Mr. Awomoyi Ayodeji.

While stressing the relevance of bilateral cooperation in achieving a sustainable tourism growth, she assured the travel practitioners of the state’s commitment to supporting their efforts at enhancing a rich tourism and healthy culture endowments.

READ: Africa: Enugu State Government Commits to Partnership with Local Travel Agents, Led by Flyzone Tourism, for Sustainable Tourism Growth in The State

Also, the meeting addressed issues of investing on tourism destinations within the state to increase revenue generations. She expressed commitment to trim processes in order to enhance smoothly running of Enugu State’s tourism.

Affirming readiness to support progressive initiative, the commissioner expressed unfeigned support to the growth and well-being of travel agencies in Enugu, and wished to undertake a cruise with travel agencies for a two–day facility tour to explore the state rich and diverse tourism contents embedded in hinterlands across state.

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Mr. Ayodeji hinted that the duo partnerships shall address the out of job syndrome amongst the youths, in most simple terms, this collaborative effort will encourage and advance the state treasures, such as tourism facilities and perceived notions of the people culture across global audiences.

He stated that the developmental process would achieve advancement through strategic collaboration with public and private partnership noting that the needs for investment and development of infrastructure would address the sector numerous challenges.

To this, he said, the visit was an exclusive access route in encouraging and accelerating growth to enhance local tourism contents and helping travel companies to increase revenue by attracting visitors for adventure purposes.

The Flyzone Tourism boss, said: “Such development would increase domestic tourism, and promotion of relationships amongst stakeholders, local communities as well as business owners. The private sector benefits from the opportunity to invest in profitable tourism projects and gain a return on their investment. This explains synergy with the industry players can create innovative tourism destinations that are more attractive, sustainable, and economically viable. We need to key in the area of marketing this tourism sites to our clients.

Ayodeji advocated for growth, suggesting collaboration with partners beyond Enugu’s borders.”

Chief Executive Officer of Merob Travels and Tours Mr. Charles Obi stated that he foresees a situation whereby more relationships will crop up, adding that the visit will build bridges between the travel agencies and related government agencies manning affairs of the state travels and tourism activities.

Founder, Geoseries Concept, Uche George, said: “The commissioner’s genuine interest in their suggestion and unwavering support for the initiatives aimed at advancing travel agencies in Enugu left an indelible impression. Her virtue and dedication to the cultural and tourism landscapes were evident throughout the stakeholders meeting. Her keen understanding of the potential impact of a thriving travel sector on the overall growth of the state was both inspiring and motivating.”

Describing Madueke as a catalyst for change, George said her openness to new ideas and commitment to implementing suggestions underscored a shared vision for the growth and prosperity of the region’s travel industry.

According to him, PPP stand as a beacon for positive transformation, offering a multitude of benefits that ripple across various sectors. Explaining, he said embracing PPP is a gateway to unlocking the full potential of collaborative synergy, such as global exposure, boosting tourism, attracting investments, showcasing untapped potential, cultural exchange, job creation and more.

Madueke endorsed the idea and promised to host external partners and industry practitioners in celebrating this year ‘world tourism day. This will involve the ministry to underwrite expenses for them to experience Enugu’s beautiful tourist sites.

Coordinator National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies Enugu annex, Chioma Obi stated that the visit to the Commissioner came at the right time, which explained how the agencies will have time to reset strategies for the promotion of tourists sites within the state.

“The state has been able to see a lot changes within this one year of the new administration in office. Firstly, the security situation of the state has been greatly improved and the synergy between the tour operators and the ministry is very important, in as much the tour operator are supposed to create packages and showcase her tourism, the ministry is supposed to provide us with resource and enabling environment for thriving; as such will help us project Enugu State as a tourism destinations fit for all and fit for those inside and outside Nigeria.

Obi, who is also Managing Director Jands Travel Network and Director Jands Travel Business School said that development of such will improve the sector in various ways. “Even though, we have a few visitors coming in, we need more because tourism is a great source of income and source of foreign exchange for the state and for the indigenes,” she added.

According to Obi, the synergy will help preserve our tourists attractions and preserve our culture. She urged government at all levels to encourage sustainable tourism across state, in order to restore state’s past glory.

Meanwhile, Travel Agencies in attendance were Odizra Travels, Jand Travels, Danza Travels, 3 Star Orbit, TG Travels, Mandalight Travels, Mariamabel Travels and more.

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