Visitors and Tourism stakeholders at 2018 Akwaaba African Travel Market and Exhibition were amazed Tuesday, the day-two of the Expo as the Lagos State tourism took time to unveil the vast tourism products of the State to the august visitors.
Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon Steve Ayorinde who represented the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Akwaaba stated that Lagos the cultural capital of Nigeria and indeed West Africa, the fifth largest economy in Africa has evolved into a must-visit city for business and entertainment.
Ayorinde noted that this year’s event is significant and unique as it is the very first time the Lagos State Government is partnering as well as fully participating in Akwaaba to showcase its efforts and tourism potentials as a State.
“The state government’s active participation since Sunday has afforded our African brothers and sisters and the international community the opportunity to interact and network with the over 60 exhibitors in the Hospitality, Travel, Transport, Tour operators and Creative product sectors across Africa that are here to showcase their services and products”
“This expectedly will produce a stronger and a more efficient tourism and the creative economy sector as the state government will now better tell her story and give her narratives on the abundance tourism potential in the state while demonstrating her commitment in making Lagos the preferred destination for tourism, business and leisure”.
The tourism commissioner disclosed that the state government under the present administration has in the last three years, continued to create paths and develop strategies that will raise the bar of the state’s tourism sector and reposition it among other tourists destination in Africa and the world.
“The government has invested heavily in key infrastructure projects which are intended to have a positive impact on tourism promotion in the state. Some of the projects have been completed and currently in use whilst some are still under construction. Having a special day for Lagos State during this important travel market for the first time is expected to further boost the present administration’s commitment towards encouraging the private sector to collaborate with the State government in the development of the sector.
He urged the guests to feel free to savour the unique hospitality, rich cultural heritage and entertainment that Lagos State is known while utilising the opportunity to see, feel and explore what Lagos has got to offer.