… the long awaited Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) was finally launched on 15th of November, 2022.
By Prince Apata Samson Nunayon
The Tourism Industry, with its wide-range impact needs to be managed effectively taking a business approach to it that encourages strategic collaboration between stakeholders in the practical assessment of tourism options.
The approach places key business management functions and stakeholders at the forefront of the tourism initiatives.
The business management functions of planning, organizing, leadership and control are filters through which tourism opportunities are viewed, while the stakeholder groups of tourists, the locals (residents), industry and government set the agenda for appropriate tourism development.
Destination Marketing Organizations are responsible for local communities engagement to ensure that tourism development is a mutual benefit between tourism players and residents in the destination.
Eko Destination Ltd was established to serve as a practical tool to help destinations focus on the relevant factors in growing and maintaining tourism as a beneficial and vital part of Lagos Communities in line with the approval of Mr. Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on Community Based Tourism – CBT and also committed to the promotion of hidden treasures and attractions of Lagos at home and in Diaspora.
Thanks to the Lagos State Government through the ministry of tourism, arts and culture under the care of Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the Honorable Commissioner for endorsing Eko Destination Ltd to promote Lagos Tourism to the world.
Dignitaries at the event were, Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende – Special Adviser to Mr. Governor on special duties and intergovernmental relations, Mr. Folly Coker – DG NTDC ably represented by Mrs. Bernice Ede, NTDC Lagos, Alhaji Oladiran Idris Yahaya – MD Star Rise Hotel, CEO Naija Tourism Online Radio and Welfare Director, ATPN Lagos State Chapter, Miss. Peju & her team – Sterling Bank Manager, Lekki Branch, Mr. Ivor Ekpe – , Mr. Evans – Facility Manager Lufasi Nature Park, The Publisher Excursion Africa magazine, Representatives of Head of Tourism Units of the 57 LGs, representative of the Supervisors for Tourism of the 57 LGs, Mr. Bobby Godonu Temiadara – Association of Boat Operators, Badagry Branch, Executive members of the #Ajido_Youth_Forum led by Hosea Gbeto Ajoseh, Mr. Jibola Oluseye – CEO itravel & tours, Mr. Abdulrahaman Ajasa CEO AJASA-INFO, Mr. Apata Oyeniran – Independent Newspaper, Mr. David Essien Ekpe – Communication expert & Mr. Lekan, Miss. Shekeitha Davis & Lola from the US, Miss. Omowunmi of NIWA and our latest Ambassadors – #MC_Freedom, #MC_Oldskool, #DJ_Xplus.
Thank you all for taking part !
…..and my most sincere appreciation goes to the entire team (Eko Family) under the leadership of Dr. Temidayo Peters – Commissioner Toitoi…..may God strengthen us more to reach our goasl as we journey together!
Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon,
Eko Destination Ltd.