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Amachree calls on Lagos govt to empower tourism practitioners.

NIGERIA'S Father of Tourism, Chief Mike Amachree has called on the Lagos State government to empower the private sector in Tourism industry in the state.

He made this called at the 2018 edition of Akwaaba West African Travel Market held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, in Lagos, commended the state for its vision and efforts to make tourism a key sector in the state's economy.

'I wish to commend the government of Lagos for its strategic focus on tourism. I think it is a step in the right direction. TheTourism vision of Lagos is such that if effectively implemented, it would transform the state into one of the leading destinations in Africa.

'Lagos is so blessed in the area of heritage and eco-tourism. The state has close to 200 kilometers of white sandy beach front. This is a major tourism asset.

'The state is also the entertainment capital of Africa being the birth place of Nollywood and also home to the some of the biggest music names in Africa. All these could be harnessed to boost theTourism reception in the state.

'Also it is imperative that the state empowers the private sector to come up with tourism products that would bring Africa and the rest of the world to Lagos.

'The duty of the government is to create the enabling environment for tourism to thrive; however, it is equally important that theTourism investors in private sector are encouraged to key into this vision of the state government. It is only then that meaningful progress could be made.'

Amachree, however commended the organisers of the AfTM, stating that the fair is a positive platform for Africa to bring people from within and outside the continent to Nigeria.

'The fair offers an opportunity for African countries to synergise in other to develop tourism in their different countries. He said through the fair, many African destinations see the need to cooperate rather than engage in unhealthy rivelry that will not benefit anyone.

Among those present at Lagos Day were the Director General National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba segun Runsewe; Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde; Anambra State delegate, the First Deputy President, the Federation ofTourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkereuwem Onung among other guests.

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Sep 21, 2018
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