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13th October, 2016.
L-R: Dr. Temidayo Hephazibah, Director of Marketing, Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dr. Fadipe Sewanu Ashamu and Vincent Okwenyi, Assistant Tourism Negotiating Officer during the monthly Forum of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) in Lagos recently.

Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau helmsman unveils plans for 2017

In a renewed bid to reposition Badagry as a tourism and investment destination, taking advantage of its rich tourism and historical background, the Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau has unveiled plans for the Badagry Economic Summit, the Lagos Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference among other events lined up to promote and market the rich heritage of Badagry in 2017.

This development has become imperative so as to reposition Badagry as a tourism destination in Lagos.

Speaking during the monthly Forum of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) at NANTA secretariat recently, the managing director/chief executive officer of the Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau, and former permanent secretary Lagos state ministry of culture and tourism, Dr. Fadipe Sewanu Ashamu stated that the Bureau has also concluded arrangements to organise the Igbo Art and Culture International Festival and the Yoruba Conference Series in 2017 in Badagry.

He stated that the Bureau is set to market Badagry as a tourism destination to the rest of the world and to serve as a focal point for coordination of all tourism activities in Badagry.

He pointed out that what is obtainable in other developed nations of the world is the Convention and Visitors Bureau, stressing that this was what informed the establishment of the Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The focus is to make Badagry a destination and to create programmes that will make Badagry worth visiting and investing in, Dr. Ashamu noted.

He listed other functions of the Bureau to include, the provision of services that will enhance quality of visitors experience, to provide leadership in expanding tourism opportunities in Badagry, to generate economic activities through visitors spending to the people of Badagry and environs.

Also to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for tourism infrastructure development, to serve as a clearing house for all hospitality establishment in Badagry, attract investment opportunities to Badagry and encourage visitors to visit and enjoy the ambiance of natural, cultural and historical sites, including the hospitality of the people of Badagry.

Fadipe disclosed that the Bureau is a public Private partnership arrangement with Badagry Local Government.

He explained that the Badagry Economic Summit is expected to bring together stakeholders in Badagry economy to find ways of making Badagry the next economic hub in Lagos state, adding that speakers and investors are expected to deliver papers in the area of tourism, seaport development, logistics parks, oil sector and hospitality development.

On the Lagos hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, the managing director/Chief executive officer of the Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau noted that the state of Lagos is long overdue for annual hotel and tourism conference.

He said the theme for this conference that is scheduled for 24th and 25 of August is making Lagos the preferred hospitality and tourism hub in Africa.

He disclosed further that the purpose of the important conference is to further create awareness about the industry and bring visitors and investors not only to Badagry, but as well as the state at large.

"Speakers have started showing interest. Discussions will centre on areas which are not limited to the development of business tourism in Lagos state, challenges of Tour Operators in Lagos state, Tourism and Immigration services: Nigerian experience, Eco-tourism development which way for Epe and Badagry axis", Fadipe said.

He stated that the Igbo Art and Culture Festival is scheduled for 28th and 30th of April 2017 in the ancient city of Badgry.

According to him: our main focus is to bring as many visitors as possible to Badagry. This festival is expected to showcase different Igbo culture and traditions to the delights of the visitors. We have commenced preparations for the festival.

He explained further that the Yoruba Conference Series is a unique opportunity for the people of Yoruba to come together to deliberate on their history for subsequent Yoruba generation.
He said the event is scheduled for 1st to 3rd of March 2017 in Badagry.

Fadipe observed that discussions have begun with stakeholders and is expected to draw key Yoruba leaders and lectures from home and abroad.

While applauding ANJET for introducing the Monthly Forum, Fadipe stated that, it will serve as a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to market their products and destinations.

Fadipe stated further that he was reliably informed that this Forum is a monthly platform for media chat and interaction with key players and stakeholders in the private and public sector.

He attested that Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau identifies with ANJET and the distinguished Journalists of the association on the forum.

The Badagry Convention and Visitors Bureau was established in August 2016 to market Badary as a destination by bringing economic improvement to the people of Badagry and environs.

Badagry has the first story building in Nigeria in 1845, point of no return, where slaves are shipped to another world, the Seriki Abass Brazilian Baracon Slave Cell, Mobee Slave Relics Museum, Agie Tree Monument, where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria, Vlekete Slave Market where slaves were sold, Heritage Museum among others.

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