The Lagos State Government on Friday said that it would use tourism-related activities such as festivals, carnivals, exhibitions and conferences to boost the revenue base of the state.
Acting Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Adebimpe Akinsola, said in Lagos that tourism is a veritable platform that can be used to drive revenue earnings of a state.
According to her, the policy thrust of the government is to partner with the private sector in boosting the revenues of the state.
“The government door is open for public and private partnership to increase its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, through tourism and other related activities.
“Lagos State Government is ready to partner any individual and corporate body with laudable initiative that will move the tourism industry forward, and indeed other sector of economy,”she said.
Mrs Akinsola said that festivals draw attention of international participants, tourists and investors closer to feel and see what a state or country could offer in terms of its tourism, arts and culture potential/assets.
“It will also help to boost foreign exchange earnings, create jobs for indigenes, boost commercial activities, increase hotels and other related tourism outfit patronage,” she said.
She said that local and foreign visitors would visit tourist sites, patronise local cuisines, buy locally made goods/souvenirs and also do business.
“When hotels and other tourism outfits are selling, they pay their tax, and by extension, revenue is coming to the state,” Mrs Akinsola said.
The acting commissioner assured local and international tourists/visitors of maximum security in all the tourist sites across the state.
“The government is working closely with security agencies to ensure adequate security in the state.
“As far as security is concerned, all hands are on deck to combat any unforeseen challenges; the emergency and safety in Lagos State is intact,” she said.
She said the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration was working assiduously in placing the state as premium destination for tourism.
“The state government has partnered many organisations on tourism programs such as beer festival, tourism summit, art exhibitions, cultural day and several others.
“Government is still ready to collaborate with more organisations and provide opportunities for new investors in the sector,” she said.