LASG To Strengthen Strategic Investment In Tourism
The Lagos State Government has expressed its desire to strengthen investment in tourism infrastructure to unearth all tourism goldmines for Lagos’ prosperity and project the State as a global brand.
Disclosing this at the ongoing Y2018 Ministerial Press Briefing held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Third Year in Office, the State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde said the government is laying a long-term foundation to make the State a sustainable tourism-driven economy.
Explaining the State government’s plan towards achieving broadband tourism affluence, the Commissioner disclosed that the desire of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to leave a legacy of solid tourism-driven economy informed the idea of developing a master plan of 15yrs – 20yrs.
He said: “In view of the reforms needed in the State’s tourism industry, the Lagos Tourism Summit was held at Eko Hotel & Suites on Monday 16th April 2018 with the theme ‘Destination Lagos: Towards a Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy’ to provide insightful content for the proposed master plan.
The forum provided local and international stakeholders, professionals, leading academics, scholars and researchers in the tourism, culture and entertainment industry and media practitioners to contribute to the blueprint, the Commissioner submitted.
He added that “The need to prepare the State ahead in terms of ideas, long-term investment, top-notch infrastructure and human capacity development necessary for the expected competition among tourism destinations all over the world requires a long-term strategic master plan”.
Ayorinde averred that the master plan being prepared by Messrs. Ernst & Young would focus on sectors such as culture and heritage, film, art and entertainment, business tourism, nature and adventure, medical and wellness, beach and leisure.
“Earlier in the year, the State government, for the first time, released a calendar of sponsored and State-endorsed arts and culture events to guide tourists and visitors on indigenous cultural festivals across the State and the calendar of over 70 programmes for Y2018 is part of the State’s innovation to project arts, entertainment and leisure benefits inherent in Lagos”.