Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday at plenary passed into law, a bill to promote, market and develop the state domestically and internationally as a major tourist destination.
The law titled, ‘A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and for Connected Purposes’, is also to highlight the uniqueness of the state and assist the development of its tourism products and services.
The law is to also among others “develop and promote the state as a premier travel and tourist destination; attract and increase tourist arrivals and direct tourism investment and identify and develop potential tourism destination.
“It is to maximise the economic and social benefits of tourism; encourage and promote improved standards of tourist establishments, facilities,attractions and services offered to tourists.
It is to enhance revenue generation for the state in the tourism sector; increase employment opportunity in the tourism sector and encourage active Public Private Partnership in the development of tourism.”
The agency is also to formulate and implement campaigns and other strategies to promote the state locally and internationally as a major tourist destination; as well as facilitate the creation of investment opportunities for
tourism development by focusing on beach and leisure, culture and
heritage, arts and entertainment, nature and adventure, wellness and
medical tourism among others.
Speaker Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.