…To Host Tourism Summit And Annual Benin Bronze Fiesta
The tourism policy of the coming APC government in Edo state is to develop,’⁰ BRAND EDO’, which will be built around entertainment, as well as the historical and cultural heritage of the state with a view to making the state the tourism hub of the country.
To achieve this goal, the government will create the Edo State Tourism Bureau, in addition to developing a state-of-the-art film village to attract worthy film producers, actresses, actors and other stakeholders in the entertainment industry.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate in this month’s Edo gubernatorial election disclosed this while explaining the tourism package of the Public Private Partnership component of his manifesto, the Simple Agenda.
He said his government’s policy will be capitalizing on the centrality of the state to develop the brand Edo considering the fact that, “tourism’s main comparative advantage over other sectors is that visitors’ expenditure has a “flow-through” or catalytic effect across the economy in terms of production and employment creation”.
Accordingly to the APC candidate, “Tourism investment can generate the demand for locally produced foods, clothing, art and craft, furniture and furnishings, and capital equipment”, and, “also generate the demand for transport, telecommunication, and financial services”.
With a view to bringing back the glory of Edo state, he said, “we shall employ renewed ideas and strategic partnerships with experienced local and international stakeholders”, in such areas as development of a tourism master-plan and organization of an annual Benin Carnival.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu also said he will also create tourism development zones, host the Edo State Tourism Summit, creat tourism clusters, while identifying tourist destinations across the state with a plan to
reclaim and develop the state’s tourism assets in addition to the classification of tourist services in the state.
Still on the tourism policy, the author of the Simple Agenda said local, regional and international marketing programmes are planned along with the construction of a world-class shopping mall in partnership with private investors.
Meanwhile, Pastor Ize-Iyamu also spoke of the annual convocation of Benin Bronze Festival and the creation of holiday resorts located in sprawling environments of several hectares and said this will attract big players like Hilton, Marriott and Disney.
He said, “In the process we shall attract huge investments opportunities through venture capital to the state”, as thousands of jobs would be created in the process even as the creative energy of our youths will be uncorked”.#