The Oyo State Government Weekend hosted an interactive session with senior state officials on tourism values, urging them to promote the more than 450 tourist resorts across the state.
Debo Adejumobi, Chairman of the Oyo State Tourism Board, made the call during a one-day interactive session on the Domestic Tourism Awareness Campaign in Ibadan.
During the campaign titled “Know Your State, Enjoy Your State, and Promote Your State,” Adejumobi said it was relevant for officials to know the state’s national tourist spots.
Adejumobi said that for tourism to thrive in the state, it was necessary for various stakeholders, such as officials and civil servants, to spend time, often in their locality, for recreation, short vacations or entertainment. .
“Oyo State is skillfully endowed with various unique tourism potentials scattered in its nooks and crannies. Despite the beauty of the sites and monuments, most officials/civil servants are unaware of most of the sites, their location and most importantly their tourism values,” he said.
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According to him, “the economic multiplier effect of tourism can create jobs, empower and generate income, domestic tourism and also increase the flow of visitors to local tourist attractions, stimulate trade and commerce, especially in the locality immediately from the site”.
Special Adviser, Tourism, Ademola Ige also called on tourism operators and other industry stakeholders to look into the policy of the Oyo State Government to promote more than four hundred and fifty tourist resorts in the state. ‘State.
The Head of Service, Ololade Agboola urged officials to familiarize themselves with the tourist centers in the state to attract local and international tourists.
Agboola, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Babatunde Adeyanju, called on relevant civil servants to ensure patronage of tourist sites in their locality.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Oyedele Oyesola said the outreach program is aimed at promoting tourism in Oyo State.
“We want senior officials to know about our tourist sites in Oyo State and also visit them,” he said.
Oyedele added, “We are embarking on a rigorous sensitization of our people on the reasons to relax.”