The new push to position Lagos as the tourism hub of West Africa and the entertainment capital of Africa was displayed in Ghana as Lagos State joined other 20 firms in an exhibition at the two day Accra Weizo held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Ghana.
Lagos State was represented by Mr Babatunde Anann and Mrs Adanma Oni both Directors at the Ministry of Tourism Lagos at the well attended travel event was supported by the Ghana Tourism Authority.
The Lagos Tourism video dominated was a major highlight of the first day of the expo. The second day of the event was dedicated to tourism as both Lagos and Ghana Tourism Authority used the day to showcase their Tourism Assets. Earlier the Carnival Calabar dancers and the Ghanaian Carnival queens performed for the two days of the event.
Mr Anann in his presentation the audience about the changes the new administration has wrought in Lagos. Mrs Oni invited them to visit Lagos and to participate in the One Lagos Festival in December. Lagos becomes the second Nigerian state to Market its tourism abroad after Cross River State’s Carnival Calabar.
Speaking at the event, the organiser of Accra Weizo, Mr Ikechi Uko said” Lagos State is the place to go for shopping and partying. Fashion and religion are strong attraction for one of Africa’s most exciting city. With over 10 daily flights by AWA, Arik, Air Peace, ASKY, Rwandair and Air Namibia 50 minutes at most you are home to fun in Lagos.
Lagos is tapping into the desire of Africans to know Lagos. Ghana, Kenya and South Africa are the lowest hanging tourism fruits for Lagos. Outside UK and the Diasporan Market in the USA, Ghana is the best place to Market.
“Ghana Tourism Authority hosted the guests to Ghanaian food, drinks and also treat 42 tour operators and media from outside Ghana to a tour of Volta and Eastern Region of Ghana.
The three days tour took participants to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and the Akosombo Dam. After a day at Ho, they went down to Akosombo town for a night stay before returning to Accra.
Uko disclosed that 75 foreign delegates participated in the two day2 expo and were joined by over 200 Ghanaian travel professionals.
Also the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr Akwesi Agyeman commended Lagos State for its debut at the Accra Weizo.
Agyeman who congratulated the organisers for sustaining the event for four years, promised that Ghana will sign a long time MOU with the organisers to attract more Ghanaians to attend Accra Weizo. Ghana he says will be in Lagos for Akwaaba African Travel Market in September
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