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Lagos to unveil tourism master plan
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Lagos to unveil tourism master plan

Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, has disclosed that Lagos State will unveil its Tourism Master plan later this month.
He said it is a way to give legal backings to all its efforts in developing the tourism sector and make the state the preferred destination for business, leisure and entertainment.
Ayorinde spoke at the opening of 14th edition of Akwaaba Travel and Tourism Fair in Lagos on Sunday. Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Fola Adeyemi, Ayorinde noted that tourism had become a major source of revenue and employment in many countries.
He said: ‘’We have also been engaging and partnering the private sector in promoting Lagos as a prime destination with the private sector. We have actually supported private organisations in the entertainment and tourism sector, and in some cases engaged in partnership with them in organising social events to promote movement of people into the state. We consider it essential to deploy resources to support these social events, in spite of constrains in available resources, so that they would become more competitive and sustainable.”
He noted that the state would leverage the unique opportunities provided by the expo to reach out to major tourism stakeholders on the continent and market Lagos as a choice and must-visit destination in Africa and the world.

The commissioner commended the organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market Mr. IkechiUko, for his foresight and resilience in sustaining the travel and tourism expo, which was endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Director-General, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, who declared the event open, said Akwaaba had emerged as the biggest travel and tourism fair in West Africa, attracting participation of stakeholders from all over the world.
“Indeed, the annual travel and tourism fair has become a veritable platform for stakeholders in the industry to meet, network and exchange ideas on global best practices within the sector.
“Each edition of the fair comes with fresh and highly innovative components that give the fair its unique and spectacular effects,” Runsewe said.
He said that during the event, NCAC would be offering free skill acquisition training on bead making, soap making, fabric painting among others, adding that the participants would also be issued certificates. Uko expressed his appreciation to the people that made the event a successful one, noting that the idea of the fair was to bring the world to Africa.’’

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