By Tola Gbadamosi
The Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi has implored operators and stakeholders in tourism and hospitality industry to key into the new security measure and strategy that would ensure the safety and welfare of guests, tourists and others patronising their services in the state.
This statement was made during the just concluded 4th Biennial Conference of the Hoteliers Associations of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter which was held at the Police, Officer’s Mess”Alagbaka, Akure, themed: “Hospitality Business in Nigeria and New Security Device.”
The conference was fully attended and chaired by the Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi, the Commissioner of Police, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju and Chairperson Hon. Chief (Mrs) Ruth Olowokere among others.
The Commissioner affirmed that tourism has been designed as one of the five sectors that will drive economic diversification and ensure the country’s long term sustainability.”
“While other sector suffered setback from economic and security challenges in recent times, you would notice that tourism remains resilent and has sent a strong signal to decision makers that tourism must be placed at the forefront of their development plan in order to achieve sustainable development in our country’s development.”
Olurimisi added that, the administration of Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu has positioned the tourism sector as highlighted in the recently unveiled economic strategic policy of this administration as a tool in the development of the state economy through the implementation of laudable programmes and the development of various sites including identifying and development of new tourism potentials in the state.
The Commissioner said that the conference came at the right time to assess the present economic situation and security challenges facing the nation and the effect on the growth of tourism and hospitality industry.
“I will implore operators and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry that this conference should come up with new security measures and strategy that would ensure the welfare of guests, tourists and others patronizing their service.
” Let me use this opportunity to appeal to stakeholders to cooperate with this administration in the development of the tourism sector by being responsive to the government through the prompt payment of their annual tourism registration levies as this will enable the government to provide more social infrastructural services to the development of the tourism industry in the state.”
Speaking earlier was the Chairman of the association, Elder Moses Omoniyi who gave assurance that the association will improve on their dues payment and expressed hope that hotel operators would key into the new security device that has been newly introduced.