Mr Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, has said the State is ready to deploy innovation, technology and globally tested resources to achieve its goal in marketing her tourism assets as part of the tourism master plan.
Speaking during a courtesy call by promoters of Tourism Innovation Development Advantage (TIDA) to his office, Ayorinde disclosed that the State Government realized early that tourism is one of the pillars of the creative economy which could boost the IGR of any country.
He stated further that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is ever receptive to innovation in driving and achieving optimum development in Lagos State especially in the creative industry, hospitality management and the entire tourism value-chain development.
The Commissioner pledged the support of the State Government for the hosting of the 2018 TIDA conference and the launch of virtual tourism device for tourism promotion in the State, adding that the endorsement is purely hinged on the fact that the innovation aligns with the present administration’s drive to use technology to expand the market for the consumption of made-in-Lagos creative ideas, products and services.
On the proposed release of Lagos Tourism Event Calendar, Ayorinde said the idea is to help tourists plan their movement around the major tourism events that will happen in Lagos in 2018.
He said prior to the release of the Lagos State Tourism Master Plan, the Ministry will convene a tourism stakeholders’ summit to share ideas and collaborate to achieve a private driven Lagos master plan.
“As part of the re-engineering to be introduced in the new plan, the State government is looking at the possibility of setting up a Tourism Promotion Council to regulate and drive tourism affairs in the State”, he added.
Earlier, the Team Leader, Mr Femi Lawson, said the choice of Lagos State for the launch of the virtual tourism device was borne out of recognition for the position Lagos State occupies as the emerging tourism hub of the nation and the large tourism market available for exploration in the State.
He attested that TIDA is set for development of ideas that will positively contribute to tourism promotion through Tourism Insurance, Infrastructural Tourism and the Virtual Tourism device that will help to market Nigeria tourism potentials domestically and help to increase traffic of international tourists into the country.
Also present at the gathering were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Culture, Mrs Aramide Giwanson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Fola Adeyemi and senior officials of the Ministry.