Lagos Governor receptive to Innovation

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Lagos State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mr Fola Adeyemi, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture Mr Steve Ayorinde, CEO Skyview Communications, Femi Lawson, and Special Adviser on Arts and Culture, Mrs Aramide Giwanson when the promoters of Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA) visited the Ministry

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has been described as a man receptive to innovation in driving and achieving optimum development in the State, especially in the creative industry, hospitality management and the entire tourism value-chain development.

The Lagos state Commissioner for Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde gave the indication when the promoters of Tourism Innovation Development Advantage,TIDA paid a courtesy call to his office to seek the support of the Ministry for its forthcoming conference on virtual tourism marketing.

“The State Government realised early that tourism is one of the pillars of the creative economy which could turn the IGR of any country around and this is why the Lagos State Government is determined to use the creative economy for revenue generation outside the Oil and GAS.

 The State therefore will deploy innovation, technology and globally tested resources to achieve its goal in marketing her tourism assets. This is part of the reason the State is putting together a 15 year tourism master plan alongside other innovations,” the  Commissioner explained.

 Hosting 2018 ‘TIDA’ Conference
Mr Ayorinde affirmed the support of the Lagos State Government for the hosting of the 2018 ‘tida’ conference and the launch of virtual tourism device for tourism promotion in the State.

The endorsement according to him is purely hinged on the fact that the innovation aligns with the Administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the use of technology to drive business and leisure visitors to Lagos State.

It will also expand the market for the consumption of made in Lagos creative ideas, products and services.

The leader of tida, Mr. Femi Lawson, said the choice of Lagos State for the launch of the device was borne out of recognition for the position Lagos State occupy as the emerging tourism hub of the nation and the large tourism market available for exploration in the State.

 “Tida’ is set for development of ideas that will add value to tourism promotion through Tourism Insurance, Infrastructure tourism and the virtual tourism device that will help to market Nigeria tourism potentials domestically and help to increase traffic of international tourists into the country,” he explained.

One Lagos Fiesta
Earlier the Commissioner reflected on the impacts of the Lagos Entertainment activities.

According to him, “The 2016 hospitality income index reflect a gross increase as a result of the various entertainment events and show especially the eight day One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) of which the economic benefits cut across institutions in the creative and entertainment sector”.

He said the State is aligning with the virtual tourism technology to communicate to Lagosians the experience and the fun available locally rather than go overseas.

Lagos Tourism Summit
On the proposed release of Lagos Tourism Event Calendar, Mr. Ayorinde said the idea was to help tourists plan their movement around the major tourism events that would happen in Lagos in 2018.

“Business and leisure travellers with the aid of the event calendar can explore the beauty of Lagos and take away something memorable during their visits,” he stated.

He said prior to the release of the Lagos State Tourism Master Plan, the Ministry would convey a tourism summit for operators in the tourism space to share ideas and collaborate to achieve a private driven Lagos master plan which would provide the template for any government to work with.

“As part of the reengineering to be introduced in the new plan the State government is looking at the possibility of setting up a Tourism Promotion Council to regulate and drive tourism affairs in the State,” the commissioner added.

Present at the meeting are the Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Fola Adeyemi among others.

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