The Lagos State House of Assembly House Committee on Culture, Arts and Tourism, led by the Chairman, Honourable Desmond Elliot, has made case purposeful legislation to bring about etiquettes and strings needed to reinforce tourism development in the state.
This came to light when the committee took a leave of the hallowed chamber and holed up in the ecotourism enclave of the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ikegun Village, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State.
For three days, 8th to 10th April, all the members of the Lagos House Committee on Culture, Arts and Tourism Committee converged on La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort and engaged its management, led by its President, Ambassador Wanle Akinboboye, in a strategic tourism debate, recorded as the first of its kind in Nigeria.
The meeting was structured in a three-dimensional format of interactions with sessions on aquatic ecotourism, tourism overview and business.
The Desmond led Lagos House Committee shared experiences, analyse topical tourism issues, and identified areas of challenges and had a comparative cross fertilisation of ideas on variables towards making the tourism sector vibrant with the team of La Campagne Tropicana beach resort.
At the end of the sessions, the stakeholders agreed on the need for the stimulation of a bill which will legalise and back the declaration of a 20 – kilometre area of the Lacampagne Tropicana Beach Resort as tourism zone.
In his response, Ambassador Akinboboye, who described the visit and healthy sessions as a first of its kind in the history of the nation, added that it will give a great leap for the tourism industry.
“This is because for the sector to move, the legislators must be conscious and curious about the industry. I am happy with the crop of the Honourable members in the Culture, Arts and Tourism Committee at the Lagos State for not being only curious, but also conscious and well abreast of the import of the tourism industry.”
“The Honourable members proved to us, during our engagement that they know their onions and ready and willing to do their best for the industry to grow.”
“We have been able to structure and initiate a Private Public Partnership (PPP) platform which is needed for tourism to move forward. We have designed an agenda which first will focus on and take tourism inventory or audit of Lagos State, particularly Ibeju – Lekki Tourism zone; set in motion, necessary bills that will engender proper enhancement of the sector, and ensure proper legislation are put in place”, he said.
Ambassador Akinboboye expressed desire to cause a tourism economic revolution by tapping the ocean economy with recreations like: with water sport (kayaking) and park riding as never seen before.
He added: “We are going to stimulate the sporting aspect of aquatic tourism and bring about economic development for the people of Lagos State and Nigeria.
“This synergy is going to work. It is going to affect all aspects of tourism, but we are going to commence the revolution from the aquatic blessing of Lagos State. We are going to start from the easiest one, which is the ocean economy. We are looking at the economic benefits of the ocean of Lagos State,” he said.
Expressing optimism on the workability of the new partnership with the state assembly, he acknowledged that his venture into the ecotourism aquatic enclave called La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort had been so rewarding, both on the intellectual/business level and of relaxation.