By Dipo Olowookere
Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in Lagos State, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the tourism growth plan of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration has turned the metropolis to a safe and welcoming tourist destination.
Speaking through the Director, Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture, Mrs Saidat Olaitan Otulana, at the 3rd edition of the recently held Nigeria Travel Awards, organised by Jumia Travel, Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, the Commissioner noted that, “For us at the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, 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.”
At the event, which took place at Four Points by Sheraton, where individuals and organisations within the country’s travel and tourism industry were recognised, Mr Ayorinde stated further that, “It is a known fact that the agenda, which informed the 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.”
“Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents one of the main sources of income for many developing countries. And 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; of 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 one hand, and government as regulators and enablers on the other hand.”
The Wells Carlton Hotels & Apartments, Abuja won the “Hotel of the Year”, while Eko Hotel & Suites won the “Best Business Hotel” and “Jumia Travel Booking” awards. Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort won the “Best Leisure Hotel” while Air Peace won the “Best Local Airline” for two consecutive years. Emirates Airline won the “Best International Airline,” while Tour2Nigeria won the “Best Travel Blogger/Vacation Planner”. Chuks Nwanne of The Guardian newspapers won the “Travel Reporter of the Year.”
In her opening remark for the awards presentation, Managing Director of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Ms Omolara Adagunodo, said that the awards was organised to raise the service delivery bar in the Nigeria Travel/Hospitality Industry, and encourage all hotels and airlines in the country to offer the highest quality of service to their customers.
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