Kogi Marks World Tourism Day

Kogi Marks World Tourism Day
  • PublishedOctober 3, 2017

Kogi State has staged a very colorful parade around the state capital, Lokoja, to mark this year’s World Tourism Day.

The parade which showcased the tourism potentials of the confluence state, witnessed motorized caravans, various cultural troupes, artists, showbiz personalities, top government officials and enthusiastic residents, all colorfully attired and exhibiting their talents.

There was a commemorative lecture,  at the Lugard Confluence Beach Hotel, during which the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello applauded efforts by the Federal Government at repositioning the tourism sector as a viable alternative revenue source.

He described the 2017 World Tourism Day as a unique one that has drawn attention to the growing importance of tourism to the global economy, as well as the potential for sustainable development.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Mohammed Awal, he noted that the nation has attained great heights in the area of tourism.

He said numerous serious investors whose interest is to transform Kogi into a tourist haven are continually being attracted to the state.

He charged Nigerians and the people of the state to key into the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day: “Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Development”.

“Sustainable tourism takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environmental resources and respect for host communities. This can ensure viable long-term economic operations so that benefits are equitably distributed among all stakeholders.

“This provides us a unique opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to sustainability and ensure positive impact of well-managed tourism on inclusive and equitable growth that promotes sustainable development and peace, he said.




Source: The Nations

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