Emmanuella Lekwauwa

The two-day tourism summit between the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and stakeholders has been concluded and a communique to revamp tourism sites developed.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s readiness to develop the tourism sector which requires a collective investment efforts from both government and stakeholders has been demonstrated again.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, disclosed this at the end of the summit.

She says the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and key stakeholders in the sector have restated their determination to support all registered tourism facilities and practitioners to make the sector more attractive to tourists and project Lagos as the hub of tourism in Africa.

“We are ready to develop tourism and make Lagos a destination for investment. But the government cannot do it alone; I, therefore, urge you as stakeholders in the tourism sector to contribute your own quota to the development of the sector. If the private sector stands up with us, I can assure you that in another five years, we will get to where we need to be”.

She appeals to stakeholders to make their sites attractive to tourists, noting that the use of tourism ambassadors is one of the ways to package the tourism sector in the State, advising participants to ensure the implementation of all the resolutions agreed upon at the summit.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, while presenting the communiqué issued at the end of the summit, said the State government will implement all that is stated in the communiqué and urged the stakeholders to ensure same.

She further explained that tourism desks would be created in all our local council areas to make it easier for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to take the inventory of the various tourism sites in these localities and put in place necessary plans towards developing domestic tourism.

She said; “The State Government’s focus on tourism infrastructure will be the quickest way to enhance the development and sustainability of domestic tourism; the focus on domestic tourism should expand the leisure economy, recognising that residents within the State also require leisure activities, which in turn can then be made available to visitors and tourists visiting Lagos State.”

According to her, it was also agreed that the summit should hold quarterly in the five divisions of the State, considering the fact that it has proven to be a platform for cross-fertilisation of ideas and the development of Lagos State’s position on tourism growth and development.

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