Uyo — Uyo tourism development remains prominent on the policy agenda of Akwa Ibom State government as the great income earner after crude oil, the state's Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Lady Valerie Ebe, has said.
Ebe made this known in her keynote address at a seminar organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in Uyo.
The Seminar, which had the theme, "Tourism Development in Akwa Ibom State", was organized for culture and tourism officers, stakeholders in the tourism sub-sector and Local Government Tourism Committee members at the Civil Service Auditorium, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat Complex, Uyo.
She stated that the seminar, which was the first in the Ministry's five years of existence, drew resource persons from relevant departments in the tourism sector to brainstorm and broaden fundamental knowledge on tourism issues, exchange innovative ideas and foster a way forward for the sector.
Lady Ebe used the occasion to express her appreciation to the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, for approving the seminar and for being a culture and tourism friendly governor.
In her opening remarks, Chairman of the event, Mrs Asa Edet Ebieme , and pioneer Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, noted that the theme of the seminar was timely as tourism now dominates the world's economy in terms of revenue generation.
Mrs Ebieme lauded the special initiatives of the present administration in the areas of good road network, hospitality industry, the Tropicana project and other infrastructural developments in the state, observing that when completed, these projects will not only attract tourists, but will also bring huge revenue to the state.
She said this will provide the participants the platform to exchange views and ideas as well as chart a new way forward, considering the fact that tourism occupies a strategic position in wealth creation, compared to other sectors of the global economy.