Jumia lauds Lagos Assembly over passage of Tourism bill

OrderPaperToday- Jumia, the online retail outlet, has commended the Lagos State House of Assembly for the passage of a bill establishing the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency.

The Managing Director of Jumia’s Hotel & Flight Marketplace, Omolara Adagunodo, gave the accolades while speaking to some stakeholders within the industry at a tourism roundtable in Lagos.

“Lagos is a tourism hub and it is high time the state had a robust agency to promote tourism. The recently passed bill setting up the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and Connected Purposes is arriving at the appropriate time when tourism’s contribution to the national economy is evolving and dedicating an agency to the promotion of tourist hubs in Lagos will undoubtedly increase tourism contribution to the economy,” Adagunodo said.

She added: “The bill will further boost the status of the state as a one-stop destination for local and international tourists and help in the promotion of various destinations and attractions in the state including the National Theatre, Lekki Conservation, Badagry, and Tarkwa Bay Beach among many others.”

The 54-sectioned bill spells out some of the objectives of the new agency, including to: “Promote, market and develop the state domestically and internationally as a major tourist destination by highlighting its uniqueness and assisting the development of its tourism products and services. 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 in the state.”

She urged the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to assent to the bill as soon as possible, and encouraged other state Houses to take a cue from Lagos and begin the process of setting up a tourism promotion agency in their respective states.

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