The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharmacist Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has unveiled plans by the State Government to channel resources towards the development of Tourism sites across the State as a way of boosting domestic tourism and reducing international tourism adventure.
Speaking at a Press Conference to herald the celebration of World Tourism Day 2020 in Lagos slated to hold on Sunday 27th September, 2020, the Commissioner said the development of new sites in Lagos and the renovation of existing ones will help reduce the rate at which Nigerians travel abroad for adventure purposes.
She expressed the belief that if the State’s tourism attractions are further revamped to meet international standard, Lagos State will move from its current position as one of the top 5 tourism cities in Africa to become the number one spot in the continent.
She said that the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture for next year is to focus more on developing local tourism sites and also commence work on newly discovered ones as a strategy that will help reduce the rate at which Nigerians travel abroad for adventure purposes.
According to her, the Ministry is working hard to transform state into a tourism and entertainment hub in Africa by exploring, promoting the potentials that abound in Lagos, as well as supporting the thriving entertainment and arts industry as a viable platform to attract visitors and also create jobs in the State.
She stated that the Ministry has also started the production of a documentary that will help market the Lagos brand beyond the shores of Nigeria and Africa continent, just as efforts are being made to invent new destinations such as Film Village, Musical Concert Arena among others, under a Public-Private partnership arrangements.
In her words; “Just recently too, the State government announced the commitment of One Billion Naira (N1 Billion) as seed capital for investment in Tourism, Arts and Culture for practitioners in the industry to drive the growth of practitioners in the State.
“ Apart from this, Mr. Governor has equally approved 50% reduction on Licencing fees for Hospitality businesses as incentives for the practitioners in the industry to aid recovery process from the inactivity in the sector since the outbreak of the deadly virus earlier in the year, ” she explained.
The Commissioner also disclosed plans by the State Government to establish Tourism Development Trust Fund to provide succor to practitioners in the industry in time of need, this according to her, is one of the areas that the covid-19 pandemic had assisted in bringing to fore the more.
As a way of celebrating this year’s World Tourism Day, the Ministry will hold two hours discussions with some key tourism stakeholders on Tourism and Rural Development from 12noon this Sunday, 27th September, 2020 via Zoom Application.
The discussion would also be live streamed on Lagos State Government Facebook Page.