Daily Archives: February 27, 2016

Lagos Seeks Investors For Tourism Facilities

Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is ready for ideas and plans by investors for the replication of wonderful leisure and tourism facilities in all parts of the State.

This statement was made by the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture Folorunsho Folarin-Coker during the official commissioning of the redeveloped Apapa Amusement Park on Saturday 30th January, 2016.

In his address the commissioner noted that the event is another significant step by the administration of His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode to use Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports [THESE] as a tool to stimulate the economy of the State.

Folarin-Coker noted that the park used to be number one leisure spot for healthy family entertainment, recreation and relaxation in entire Lagos, but suffered depreciation and the value derived from visiting the park by every family in Lagos diminished. However, the State Government in conjunction with other stakeholders and a new concessionaire took interest in the resuscitation of the park.

The commissioner further stated that the park offers Lagosians an opportunity for the regeneration of family values and bonding. In his words “leisure spot with facilities as contained here goes a long way in stimulating the mind through recreation and entertainment.”

Folarin-coker seized the opportunity to inform Lagosians that the administration of His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode will continue to invest in the creation of enabling environment and platforms for partnership with interested private sector organizations; he said the intervention will affect all facets of tourism, entertainment, hospitality and generate multiplier value for the State economy.

Also speaking at the event, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, the Special adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Arts and Culture ”Amusement parks provide picture-perfect moments and memories to last a time and ideal place for family fun, that means parents have extra time to spend with their children, and what better way to engage in classic fun with family and friends than to visit Apapa Amusement park”.

She also commended the vision of the State Government, the five owner Local Governments and Messr Cube Nig. Ltd in making sure re-investment into the park is secured and for recreating a park of the children’s dream.

Present at the occasion were, Olufunmilayo Balogun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph, member House of Representatives, Hon. Babalola Mogaji, Secretary Apapa Local Government, the Lisa and Ekerin of Ojora Kingdom, Chief Ojora Adejiyan and Brig. General [Rtd] Ayo Vaughan, Chairman Apapa GRA residents Association.

Delta Sets To Host Hospitality, Tourism And Eco-Sustainability Forum

All is now set for the maiden edition of the Hospitality, Tourism and Eco-Sustainability Forum [IHTEF] 2016, in Asaba, Delta State. A statement issued by Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Eco6tems, and Co-Organizer Engr. Chibuikem Diala indicates that the two day event is scheduled to hold at the prestigiousNelrose Hotel, Asaba, between March 23rd and 24th 2016.

According to the statement, the event promises to be the hospitality and tourism event of the year, with experts in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as climate change experts, businesses, international development organizations, governments, amongst others, in attendance.

Speakers expected at the event include Hon. Ned Nwoko, a former House of Representative Member and a tourism enthusiast of International repute, Dr Michael Pinder of Sun Heavens Resort, Sir Monday Onyeme who is the Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, etc. Other speakers will be confirmed soon.

The core objective of the IHTEF 2016 is to build advocacy for excellence in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as, build up superior local and international investments in the emerging green economy, while driving the advocacy to support eco-sustainability in the South and East of Nigeria.

The 2016 International Hospitality, Tourism & Eco-Sustainability Conference will equally be focusing on the opportunities for prosperity and eco-sustainability through Hospitality and Tourism in the regions of Delta, Edo, Imo, Anambara, Enugu, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States

Other Objectives of the Forum include interactive sessions to discuss and analyze the growing importance of Hospitality and Tourism in Sub-National/Sub-regional economies, with the aim of positioning the hospitality and tourism sector as a major employment generation industry in Nigeria.

It is also expected that a credible platform to champion issues of environment protection, climate change and green economy, will be established at the end of the Forum deliberations.

The Forum will equally discuss ways of driving up hotel sales as well as increasing revenue for owners; harness means of building up foreign investment portfolio to boost the tourism sector; Link Hospitality and Tourism Development to Urban Renewal and Sustainability of diverse Ecosystems; Seek ways of supporting rural tourism marketing and promotion, including regional and International tourism exchange.

In addition, the Organizers of IHTEF 2016 have packaged an Exhibition which will not only create wider opportunities for all stakeholders and participants to leverage on, but will also provide opportunity for Hotels, Airlines, Spa and Wellness, Fashion Houses, Schools, Culinary and Hospitality Institutions, FMCGs, Furniture/Interior Companies among others.

Participants at the 2016 IHTEF will include: Institutional Investors, Government, Development Organizations, Hotels, Students, Media, Banks and other Financial Institutions, Hotel Owners, Tourism Boards from across the country.

Highlights of the Forum will hinge on Presentations, Panel discussions, Short Documentaries, [IHTEF EXPO], Bed Making Competition.

The organizers have also encouraged Speakers for the discussion sessions at the conference to submit their abstract to the Conference Organizing Committee on or before the 15th of March, 2016.

The IHTEF 2016 Forum, will in addition, offer one of the greatest returns on investment for sponsors and willing partners.

Other strategic partners supporting IHTEF 2016 are Xposurez Media, Hospitality & Tourism News [HTN], African Travel Times, The Emerald Exclusive Apartments, and Woodstarhotels.com.ng among others.