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Lagos develops master plan to strengthen tourism

Lagos develops master plan to strengthen tourism

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Samson Folarin

The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, has said the state government is developing a master plan to strengthen the tourism industry.

He said the plan would focus on culture and heritage, film, art and entertainment, business tourism, nature and adventure, medical and wellness as well as beach and leisure.

Ayorinde spoke at the ongoing Y2018 Ministerial Briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode third year in office, a statement said on Monday.

The commissioner said the desire of Ambode, to leave a legacy of solid tourism-driven economy informed the idea of developing a master plan of 15 to 20 years.

He said, “In view of the reforms needed in the state’s tourism industry, the Lagos Tourism Summit was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in April 2018 to provide insightful content for the proposed master plan.

“The forum provided local and international stakeholders, professionals, leading academics, scholars and researchers in the tourism, culture and entertainment industry and media practitioners to contribute to the blueprint.

 “The need to prepare the state ahead in terms of ideas, long-term investment, top-notch infrastructure and human capacity development necessary for the expected competition among tourism destinations all over the world requires a long-term strategic master plan.”

Ayorinde said earlier in the year, the state government released a calendar of sponsored and state-endorsed art and culture events to guide tourists and visitors on indigenous cultural festivals across the state.

Ayorinde said the calendar, which had over 70 programmes for 2018, was part of the state’s innovations to project art, entertainment and leisure benefits inherent in Lagos.

The commissioner noted that Lagos had continued to attract people and draw positive attention across the world, adding that a British-born Nigerian, John Gboyega, had decided to shoot a film in Lagos which would gulp N9bn.

“Also, Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan-born Hollywood star, will be filming Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ in Lagos,” he added.

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