The Ogun State Government says, it is working hard to bring in new innovations, to further develop tourism in the State, thereby sustaining its status, as the tourism destination of choice in Nigeria.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, stated this in Abeokuta, at the Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA 2018) press conference, with the theme, The Impact of Tourism on Nigerian Economy, organised by Skyview Communications Limited, in preparation for the launching of Virtual Tourism in Nigeria.
Oladipo said the introduction of Drums Festival, which ultimately transformed into African Drums Festival, was part of the innovations aimed at repositioning tourism, to attract both local and foreign tourists to the State.
“We are trying to turn around tourism in the State. We started by improving on what we have, the major one is the Drums Festival which is now African Drums Festival, that has been bringing everybody back home, irrespective of where they live,” he said.
He stated that tourism needed lots of funding, which government alone could not shoulder, hence the creation of enabling environment for private individuals and corporate organisations to participate, to further take to greater height.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer, Skyview Communications, Mr Femi Lawson, disclosed that Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA 2018), became necessary, in order to inform people about tourist attractions that abound in the country, adding that the duty of TIDA was to drive, shape and promote the industry in the country at large.