Tourism is fast evolving and African nations are not left behind. Leaders are now implementing policies to drive the industry forward, visa free entries are being announced and non-government organisations are taking ownership of the industry. We couldn’t be more proud and excited.
One of such new moves was the launch of the Anambra Tourism Portal Initiative on February 16 in Akwa, Anambra.
Tourism stakeholders, government officials as well as Nneka and Isaac Moses of Goge Africa graced the well supported ceremony, which educated attendees of the need to improve tourism in not only Anambra but Nigeria and Africa.
After the ceremony, which included dance and cultural presentations as well as speeches, participants were treated to tours of key tourism attractions in the state, hailed as the “Light of the Nation.”
Speaker commended the initiative being undertaken by Anambra Tourism Portal Initiative headed by Ikenna Nweke, a seasoned tourism expert.
The new organization “seeks to amongst other things, bring tourism industry in Nigeria with particular interest in Anambra State to an enviable height b partnering with major stakeholders in the sector both within and outside the state,” Mr. Nweke said.
ATPI will focus largely on harnessing tourism potentials in Anambra and Nigeria, the founder explained.
“It is very important to note that tourism and hospitality industry is very lucrative business that is human cum nature centric; it is the only business that has its major priority as the happiness of man and the appreciation of nature,” said Mr. Nweke.
The efforts made by such organisations shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to growing tourism in Africa said Kehinde Durodola-Tunde, a Lagos State Polythecnic student.
Mr. Durodola-Tunde was among more than 20 students from LASPOTECH who attended the event.
“My love for tourism and my love for exploring Nigeria made me attend,” he said adding that the group also received support from Anambra State government. “I was happy to see the government’s support. It will definitely help build interest in tourism among the youth.”
The launch ended with visits to Owerre Ezukala Waterfalls and cave, visits to royalty and a stop at the Miracle Tree at Enugwu-Aguleri.