As the yuletide season approaches, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, has urged Lagos residents to be hospitable to tourists who would visit the state for the christmas and New year celebrations.

Akinbile-Yussuf , who made the call in her Christmas message through the Ministry’s Public Affairs Unit, said that Lagos residents must be willing to accommodate and create positive impression in the minds of tourists this festive period and beyond.

She said that the State, known as the city of excellence, has a lot to offer tourists during the Christmas holiday break and in the New Year celebrations, urging Lagos youths to be enterprising as they engage in massive production of souvenirs that could be purchased by visitors during this festive period and beyond.

” I advise Lagos residents to remain hospitable to tourists this Yuletide and holiday period because these individuals are the people who will give wings to the economy of Lagos State to blossom. The youths of this dear State also must be enterprising and be prepared to take economic advantage of various tourism activities that will be taking place in different parts of the State.

“Our youths should focus more on production of souvenirs that can be purchased by tourists whenever they visit Lagos and this will make them long to visit Lagos State the more,” she said.

Additionally, the Commissioner canvassed patronage for water transportation, saying that tourists should not only explore Lagos tourism potentials on the Mainland but also explore the coastal parts of the State through the waterways.

In her words, “As a way to improve transportation in the state, the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development has completed the construction of 10 new jetties for the use of the populace and a measure to further encourage water transportation for tourists and the citizens.

”Our waterways are safe and neat, we want Lagos residents and tourists to make use of the waterways,” she said.

She also enjoined owners of Tourism and Hospitality outlets to adhere to all safety and health regulations that would guarantee the safety of tourists and visitors to the State.

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