Four years on, tourism sector in Lagos State has been accorded its rightful place and made the bedrock of the economic development of the state as promised by the state’s Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. The state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated this while delivering an address at the third Nigerian Travel Awards organised by Jumia Travels in Lagos. Ayorinde said the global importance placed on tourism as an economic tool is what has informed the decision of Ambode from the outset of his administration to elevate tourism sector.
He said: “This precisely is why the Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has accorded the sector huge attention and committed huge resources into developing it in order to make it a model sector that will perform the tripartite role of rebranding the state as a safe and welcoming destination for visitors. “Creating opportunities for different levels of stakeholders and to further develop the sector as a thriving and profitable venture for both investors and stakeholders on the one hand and government as regulators and enablers on the other hand.”
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In this regard, he disclosed that: “For us at the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, therefore, all we have done in almost four years is to commit to the governor’s growth agenda on the creative economy through what he called “Project T.H.E.S.E” which stands for tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sports for excellence.” He said the state had witnessed mass and “deliberate investment in human capital and infrastructure with remarkable impact on the creative industry, has lived up to its promise in the last three and half years.”