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Lagos can become foremost tourism destination-Former Ghanaian President, Mahama
gos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); former President of Republic of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama (middle); Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (2nd left); former Minister of State for Defense, Chief Demola Seriki (left) and Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (right) during the Lagos Tourism Summit with the theme “Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy” at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Lagos can become foremost tourism destination-Former Ghanaian President, Mahama

Former President of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahama has called on Nations in the West African Sub-region to collaborate and synegize resources in order to harvest the potential inherent in the tourism sector.

Mr Mahama who was the keynote speaker  at the Lagos Tourism Summit with the theme “Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy” noted that Lagos has the potentials to emerge as a foremost destination for tourism development in Africa.

While commending Governor Ambode for his efforts towards growing tourism through investment in infrastructure, he said with the billions of dollars revolving in the sector across the world and over 1.8billion tourists, the State was heading in the right direction in its bid to become Africa’s tourism hub.

“I’ve been following the progress Lagos has made on various fronts and I join those who have celebrated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the contributions he has made within this short period to enhance the efforts and contributions of his predecessors.

“There are potential billions of naira in revenue that Lagos State could earn in the next several years with the successful implementation of the plan that you intend could come out of this summit. 

“If you look at the nearly $7trillion that is supposed to be earned from tourism, then definitely Lagos State positioning itself as a favourite destination for tourism in order to get a share of this huge cake is a very wise decision by Governor Ambode and his team.

“Thankfully, Lagos in preparation for the launch of the State’s tourism master plan has began upgrading and expanding critical infrastructure including transportation, roads and of course the recent reclamation that is ongoing,” Mahama said. 

He also advised Lagos to partner with other cities like Accra, Banjul to create an efficient tourism hub that will attract local and foreign tourists.

Several paper presentations by speakers at the Summit including Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Professor Pat Utomi, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Mrs Omotayo Omotosho, Mr. Philip Hughes, while commending the State Government for putting together the summit, made recommendations on what Lagos must do to harness the massive potentials in the tourism sector.

 

 

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