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 in the state with a view to making the sector more attractive to tourists.
The for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf while speaking at the end of the 2-day Tourism Working Summit organised by the Ministry in Lagos before the presentation of the communiqué said that tourism sector requires collective investment efforts from both the government and the stakeholders, affirming that the Lagos State government is ready to develop the sector.
“We are ready to develop tourism and make Lagos a destination for investment. The government cannot do it alone; I therefore urge you 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.
The commissioner pleaded that they, “Market Lagos for the world to see what we have and what we are doing. It is time for you stakeholders to work as a team and partner together with the government. Work with us to develop the sector, let us have one big event that we will be doing collectively that will further enhance Tourism in Lagos State.”
She however, urged the tourism stakeholders to make their tourism sites attractive to tourists, noting that the use of tourism ambassadors are one of the ways to package the tourism sector in the state.
“In Lagos State, we have several tourism sites including, hospitality, education, sport, short-let, beach, culture, festival, heritage, arts, entertainment and afro beat as tourism products. If we have a tourism ambassador in each division of the state, it will go a long way to develop the sector. We can have the already known artists as tourist ambassadors.”
On her part, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, 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.
According to her, it was resolved that efforts should be geared towards fine-tuning strategies that will showcase and sell, “The Best of Lagos” to potential tourists who are desirous of finding the best experience of entertainment, fun and relaxation and value for their money in addition to having packages that meet the needs of potential local travellers.
It was also resolved that tourism desks would be created in all our local council areas where it will be 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 and provisions for them towards developing domestic tourism.