The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, has lauded the request by the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) for partnership with the Lagos State Government, saying it is an opportunity to boost the present administration’s next level drive in the tourism sector through its T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.
Mrs. Adelaja stated this while welcoming a delegation from WTCF on a courtesy visit to the Ministry, noting that the partnership with the Federation is a call for both public and private sector operators of tourism and hospitality business in the State to repackage and enhance the transformation of entertainment and arts for better patronage in the Africa Sub-Region.
The delegation which comprised the Chief Executive Officer, West Africa Tourism Organisation, Ms. Ola Wright and a team from the World Tourism Cities Federation, WTCF, led by Mr. Chen Bo also had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Diaspora and Foreign Relations.
The SSA applauded the Federation for seeking to partner with the State and restated the government’s commitment to ensure that the tourism sector takes centre stage among the five pillars of development focus of the present administration.
He assured the visiting team that the government will be open to suggestions and initiatives to boost revenue accruable to Lagos State through tourism.
In her contribution, Ms. Ola Wright, Chief Executive Officer, West Africa Tourism Organisation (WATO), urged the State to embrace the mutually-beneficial partnership as an opportunity for the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to utilise the membership of such organisations to attain global standards.
Earlier, the team from the World Tourism Cities Federation, WTCF, led by Mr. Chen Bo, called for collaboration with the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in order to enhance her tourism programmes and initiatives.
Bo stressed that Lagos, being the most populous city in Africa and a major player in the tourism sector owing to its rich culture as well as white sandy beachfront, therefore, needs to join other Cities in the WTCF to further promote the sector.
He revealed that the World Tourism Cities Federation is a non-profit voluntarily formed by famous cities and tourism-related institutions in the world under the initiative of Beijing.
The Federation is the world’s first international tourism organisation with a membership of over 144 major cities.