The coastal town located between the city of Lagos, and the border with Benin at Seme, is endowed with rich cultural and historical background which made it a natural tourist haven.
These potential have attracted the attention of both the State Government and tourism experts who are now putting everything in place to transform the city into a melting pot for investment and resort.
Speaking with peplnews recently in Lagos, Tourism expert who is the Managing Director, Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dr Fadipe Ashamu explained that programmes and events have been lined up to showcase the rebranded destination, starting with the Badagry Economic Summit and the Lagos Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference among other events lined up for 2017.
Dr. Ashamu who was former permanent secretary Lagos state ministry of culture and tourism, disclosed that the Bureau has concluded plans to organise the Igbo Art and Culture International Festival and the Yoruba Conference Series all in the coming year.
Convention and Visitors Bureau, he said is the in thing in the promotion of tourism and events destination globally and as a global player, Badagry cannot but key in, by establishing its own Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The focus is to make Badagry a destination and to create programmes that will make it worth visiting and investing in.
The Bureau will among other functions provide services that will enhance quality of visitors experience, expand tourism opportunities in Badagry, stimulate economic activities through visitors spending, serve as a catalyst and facilitator for tourism infrastructure development, attract investment opportunities to Badagry and encourage visitors to visit and enjoy the ambiance of natural, cultural and historical sites, including the hospitality of the people of Badagry.
Fadipe disclosed that the Bureau is a public Private partnership arrangement with Badagry Local Government.
He explained that the Badagry Economic Summit is expected to bring together stakeholders in Badagry economy to deliberate on ways of making Badagry the next economic hub in Lagos state. Tourism, seaport development, logistics parks, oil sector and hospitality development will be areas of focus in the papers to be presented by experts and stakeholders at the event.
The Yoruba Conference Series scheduled for 1st to 3rd of March 2017 in Badagry. he said, is a unique opportunity for the people of Yoruba to come together to deliberate on their history for posterity.
The Igbo Art and Culture Festival which is expected to showcase an array of Igbo culture and traditions is scheduled for 28th and 30th of April 2017 in the ancient city.
”our main focus is to bring as many visitors as possible to Badagry, Dr Ashamu enthused.
The Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau was established in August 2016 to market Badagry as a destination so as to bring economic improvement to the people of Badagry and environs.
Badagry has the first story building in Nigeria in 1845, point of no return, where slaves are shipped to another world, the Seriki Abass Brazilian Baracon Slave Cell, Agie Tree Monument, where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria, Vlekete Slave Market where slaves were sold, Heritage Museum among others.