Lagos Generates N800bn Through Tourism In 2017


Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, on Monday said the state’s tourism sector contributed about $2.2 billion (N800 billion) to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, in 2017.

The governor projected that the figure would double or triple in the next five years.

Ambode spoke during the Lagos Tourism Summit promised that his administration is planning a tourism master plan, which, would be one of the legacies his administration will  bequeath to Lagosians and coming generations.

 “This plan is the road map to be taken in the next couple of decades. It will focus on six sectors,  culture and heritage, film, arts and entertainment business tourism, nature and adventure, medical and wellness, beach and leisure.

“The enormous resources we have deployed in physical and social infrastructure across the state will begin to crystalise, by December, into mega structures that will support tourism and market our state as a smart destination.”

Ambode also renewed his call for some national monuments to be given to the state government.

He said the government’s intention to take control of some national assets, like the former National Assembly complex, the National Stadium, National Museum and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, is in a bid to make Lagos state a tourist hub.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has expressed readiness to partner the Olojo Festival Committee, which usually holds in Ile Ife, Osun State.

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this during the summit, said the festival  is  not only for the Yoruba New Year alone.

The minister described the Olojo as global festival,  started by one of the past rulers of Ile Ife.

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