A Tourism Master Plan and Policy which seeks to make Lagos State one of the top-five tourism hubs in Africa has been presented to the public at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
Speaking at the presentation, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, described the event as a critical step to further unlock aspects of Lagos towards becoming Africa’s tourism giant.
He said: “Since our assumption of office, over two years ago, we have taken decisive steps to explore the abundant possibilities in this very critical sector by giving the practitioners and key stakeholders an opportunity to be directly involved in each of our policies”.
Sanwo-Olu, represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the tourism potentials of the State are yet to be fully harnessed, as such the policy is an attempt to unlock these potentials.
Speaking further, the Governor disclosed that the event is evidence of his administration’s commitment to inclusiveness and stakeholder partnership since the tourism sector thrives on Public-Private Partnership and collaboration.
He disclosed that the policy was developed with the consent of relevant stakeholders in the tourism industry, noting that it was reviewed to reflect the policy thrust and plans for Entertainment and Tourism pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
“The Launch speaks of our sincere intention to better the lot of Lagosians, promote ease of doing business, attract more tourists to our State and domestic tourism activities in the Centre of Excellence”, he said.
According to him, the policy document will direct efforts in the tourism sector in strategic areas, namely: Culture and Heritage; Film, Art and Entertainment; Business and Meetings, Incentives; Conferences and Entertainment; Beach and Leisure; Nature and Adventure, and Medical and Wellness.
Sanwo-Olu averred that the document will help in the attainment of a robust execution and implementation of short, medium and long-term plans in different areas and aspects of Tourism activities in alignment with the vision to revamp the tourism sector holistically.