Mrs Esther Inyang, the Secretary and Head of Administration, AKS
Hotels and Tourism Board, Akwa Ibom, said on Wednesday that the state
government was determined to revamp its tourist centres.
Inyang told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the 8th edition of
Akwaaba, an African Travel Market Expo in Lagos that the government
would make the centres befitting for relaxation and more attractive to
attract local and foreign tourists.
``More developments are ongoing to make the state an attractive centre for fun seekers and tourists,’’ she said.
Inyang described the ongoing facelift of tourist centres as a step
toward repositioning Akwa Ibom as one of the most attractive tourist
destinations in the country.
``In the next two years, the state would be one of the best tourist destinations in West Africa.
``After completing the ongoing tourist projects, the state government would get huge revenue.
``The tourism sector is a major player in growing the economy,’’ she said.
Inyang said that the state was a global destination for investors in
tourism and leisure with its fair weather, sprawling beaches, rich
culture and cuisine.
``The state offers splendid tourism and investment opportunities and
it has been considered as the second largest producer of petroleum and
an important contributor to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
``Culture is a way of life of a people. The culture of Akwa Ibom is
portrayed in occupation, foods, songs, dances, masquerades, games, among
others,’’ Inyang said.
She said that the traditional occupation of the people were fishing, trading, hunting, wood-carving and art and crafts.