As a way of boosting domestic tourism and reducing international travel adventure, the Lagos State Government has unveiled plans to channel resources towards the development of tourism sites across the State.
Speaking at a Press Conference to herald the celebration of 2020 World Tourism Day, slated to hold on Sunday 27th September, 2020, in Lagos, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said the development of new sites in Lagos and the renovation of existing ones will help reduce the rate at which Nigerians travel abroad for adventure.
She expressed the belief that the State’s tourism can attract patronage if revamped to meet international standards, saying that the plan of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the coming year is to focus more on developing local tourism sites and also commencing work on newly discovered areas.
According to her, the Ministry is working hard to transform the State into a tourism and entertainment hub in Africa by exploring and promoting the potentials that abound in Lagos, as well as supporting the thriving entertainment and arts industry to attract visitors and also create jobs for residents.
The Commissioner stated that the Ministry has also started the production of a documentary that will help market the Lagos brand beyond the shores of Nigeria and the African continent, just as efforts are being made to invent new destinations such as a Film Village and Musical Concert Arena, among others, under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.
She said: “Just recently, the State government announced the commitment of capital for investment in Tourism, Arts and Culture for practitioners in the industry so as to drive the growth of the sector in the State.”
Akinbile-Yusuf also disclosed plans by the government to establish a Tourism Development Trust Fund to provide succour to practitioners in the industry in the time of need, adding that this is one of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic had assisted in bringing to fore.