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 Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo has launched the State Tourism Masterplan targeting to generate about N2 trillion from tourism in the next 10 years The governor said in a statement issued on Wednesday in Benin by his media aide Mr Crusoe Osagie that the masterplan was designed to make the state a global tourism destination According to him 10 per cent of the world s GDP is from tourism and Nigeria will contribute through Edo to raise it to 20 per cent It is a thoroughly designed plan to make the state the choice destination among global tourists With the masterplan the state plans to generate N2 trillion in the next 10 years from the sector he added Represented by his deputy Philip Shaibu the governor urged all stakeholders to complement government efforts at leveraging its rich cultural heritage to boost tourism Obaseki said the government would create the enabling environment to reposition the tourism sector and attract more investments and visitors from across the world Tourism is one of the sectors we are paying critical attention to change the face of the state in terms of infrastructure and revenue generation We are leveraging our heritage which is unique to us Our artefacts are scattered all around the world Edo is a home of sports We are bringing back sports to encourage tourism in the state We have created a business friendly environment and provided infrastructure and security We have a rich cultural heritage and we are going to take advantage of what we have to boost the tourism sector so as to grow our revenue We urge our stakeholders in the hospitality business to join hands with the government as it s a win win situation for us We enjoin them to take advantage of the emerging economy he added Earlier the Chairman of the Tourism Steering Committee and Edo Head of Service Mr Anthony Okungbowa thanked the governor for the opportunity given to the committee to develop the masterplan Mr Bismarck Rewane in a paper titled Rethinking Tourism said with the right investments the state has the capacity to generate huge revenue from tourism and create massive jobs in the sector Investment in infrastructure and construction will result in job creation of at least 2 000 direct jobs and 15 000 indirect jobs in the immediate future he added NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
Tourism: Edo targets N2trn revenue, launches masterplan

Godwin Obaseki

Gov.  Godwin Obaseki of Edo has launched the State Tourism Masterplan, targeting to generate about N2 trillion from tourism in the next 10 years.

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Crusoe Osagie

The governor said in a statement issued on Wednesday in Benin by his media aide, Mr Crusoe Osagie, that the masterplan was designed to make the state a global tourism destination.

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According to him, 10 per cent of the world’s GDP is from tourism and Nigeria will contribute through Edo, to raise it to 20 per cent.

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“It is a thoroughly designed plan to make the state the choice destination among global tourists.

“With the masterplan, the state plans to generate N2 trillion in the next 10 years from the sector,” he added.

Philip Shaibu

Represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, the governor urged all stakeholders to complement  government efforts at leveraging its rich cultural heritage to boost tourism.

Obaseki said the government would create the enabling environment to reposition the tourism sector and attract more investments and visitors from across the world.

“Tourism is one of the sectors we are paying critical attention to change the face of the state in terms of infrastructure and revenue generation.

“We are leveraging our heritage which is unique to us.

Our artefacts are scattered all around the world.

Edo is a home of sports.

“We are bringing back sports to encourage tourism in the state.

We have created a business-friendly environment and provided infrastructure and security.

“We have a rich cultural heritage and we are going to take advantage of what we have to boost the tourism sector so as to grow our revenue.

“We urge our stakeholders in the hospitality business to join hands with the government as it’s a win-win situation for us.

We enjoin them to take advantage of the emerging economy,” he added.

Chairman of the Tourism Steering Committee and Edo Head of Service

Earlier, the Chairman of the Tourism Steering Committee and Edo Head of Service, Mr Anthony Okungbowa, thanked the governor for the opportunity given to the committee to develop the masterplan.

Bismarck Rewane

Mr Bismarck Rewane, in a paper titled, ‘Rethinking Tourism,’ said with the right investments, the state has the capacity to generate huge revenue from tourism and create massive jobs in the sector.

“Investment in infrastructure and construction will result in job creation of at least 2,000 direct jobs and 15,000 indirect jobs in the immediate future,” he added.

( NAN)

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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