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Africa: Lagos State and stakeholders Deepen Discussions on Domesticating Tourism To Attract more Local And Foreign Tourists

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The President, Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), Omololu Olumuyiwa in the midst of the Hon Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lagos State, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor, Hon Solomon Bonu, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Tunji Saymour, Senior Advisor, Red Clay Advisory, Dr. Adun Okupe: Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi: FTAN BOT Member and Founder/CEO, Akwaaba Africa Travel Market, Ambassador Ikechi Uko and other tourism stakeholders at the opening session of the ongoing 2-Day Tourism Summit organised by Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture at Dover Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday.

Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has engaged various stakeholders in the tourism sector including tour operators, hoteliers, tourism promoters, ambassadors among others on workable strategy and synergy that would sell the State’s tourism potentials to local and international tourists through its domestic tourism initiative.

Speaking during the 2-Day Tourism Summit held at Dover Hotel, Allen-Ikeja on Tuesday, with the theme “The Best of Lagos” the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, said that the House of Assembly was in full support of the decision of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to domesticate tourism activities in the State.

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According to him, the House of Assembly as part of its demonstration of interest in revamping the tourism sites across the State recently embarked on visitation to all monument sites in the state with the intention of upgrading the sites to international standard.

He added that the Legislative arm of the State Government is willing to support the realisation of the plans of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration as it relates to Entertainment and Tourism by providing necessary legislative backings for the policies of the Ministry.

Oluwa assured that all reports and recommendations from the Summit would be worked upon for approval by the State House of Assembly.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Phar. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, who set agenda for discussion at the Summit, urged the participants to seize the opportunity of the Summit to build on the existing tourism products of the state.

According to her, the Ministry had already ensured that structured plans were in place to develop existing tourism sites in the state to international standard, saying that the involving of all key stakeholders in tourism activities is needed to bring the plans to fruition.

Speaking on the theme of the Working Summit, “The Best of Lagos” Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the theme seeks to get the best of Lagos in the area of tourism through meaningful and very engaging discussions that will help bring out the best strategy needed to revamp the entire tourism sector of the State.

Her words: “I want us to use this gathering to fine-tune our strategy that will sell “The Best of Lagos” to potential tourists who are desirous of finding the best of entertainment, fun and relaxation and value for their money.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, apart from the economic activities which Lagos State has been known for, we are determined to market “The Best of Lagos” brand to tourists within and outside the country. This, we intend to achieve with the collaboration of all our stakeholders here.

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Specifically, the Commissioner said that the Ministry wants tourists from any part of the country and outside the country to leave their places of residence to come to Lagos and experience the best which this city offers in term of hospitality, recreation, relaxation, sight-seeing and many more, by planning a three day, five days, ten days or even several weeks of holiday to visit different tourism sites across the State.

While Highlighting the efforts of the Ministry in the area of domestic tourism, the Commissioner said that the Ministry had discovered new tourism sites in Badagry and Epe, adding that the Ministry is presently creating a Tourism Desks in all local councils areas across the State in order to further develop domestic tourism.

She explained that with the creation of tourism desks, it would be easier for the ministry to take inventory of the various tourism sites in these localities and make provisions for them.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Bonu Solomon promised that the outcome of the 2-days gathering will not be swept under the carpet. “The reason why this summit has been put together is as a result of our genuine intention to make this sector to continue to play the lead among other competing sectors.

“I want to plead with all our discussants to offer their genuine opinion on the roles which the government can play in addition to what the State Government is doing presently to develop the tourism sector.” The Special Adviser pleaded.

Similarly, Dr Adun Okupe, a Tourism Advisory Consultant, urged Lagos State Government to train tour operators and tour guides who were the frontliners in order to arouse and sustain the interest of potential tourists.

Okupe stressed the need for the State Government to upgrade the tourism sites to international standard for the advancement of the economy and to generate more revenue, just as she called on government to work on orienting and improving the people’s perspective to see Lagos as a tourist centre.

In the same vein, a Tourism Ambassador, Ikechi Uko, in his presentation at the event advocated the creation of tourism clusters and identification of tourism demographics across the State as a way of giving tourists a narrative that shows Lagos in a different light.

Ikechi Uko said that the tourism potentials of each of the divisions in Lagos are yet to be fully harnessed. According to him, Lagos Island, for instance, has the whole Colonial History of Modern Nigeria but Nobody is promoting the Fact that the Amalgamation of Nigeria was Presented to Nigerians in Lagos.

“Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom and Zungeru in Niger State are fighting for the Amalgamation Houses but not Lagos. There should be Daily Trekking Tours of the Island identifying the Houses of Hebert Macaulay, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Ajasa after Visiting Freedom Park and the new Brazilian Musuem,” the Tourism Ambassador submitted.


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