By Floral Adetunji
Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter (ATPN) today February 3, 2021 felicitates Ogun State as it clocks 45 years.
This, according to the leadership of the association is considered a milestone in the annal of history of the Gateway State, hence they found it imperative and apposite to showcase the huge opportunities in culture, tourism, hospitality and entertainment for potential local and international business investors.
Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism came into being in July 2011 by merging the erstwhile Council for Arts and Culture with the Gateway Tourism Development. The vision of having the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is to put Ogun State on the World Map of Culture and, Tourism and to create an open door relationship that will enhance the growth of the culture and tourism in the State.
The parent body, Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, (ATPN) is a member-driven professional, voluntary trade association founded in October 1990 with the primary purpose of promoting domestic and inbound tourism to Nigeria. The association amongst others: promotes integrity and offers domestic and inbound tourism services companies the highest level of quality in the tourism industry.
The Ogun State Chapter of Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria was inaugurated on Thursday, January 28, 2021 with Sir Jimi Solanke, KCW as the State Chairman and other professionals as Executive Members.
On behalf of the National Executive Council and the South-West Regional Executive Council, the Executive Council and Members of Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, (ATPN) Ogun State Chapter congratulated the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the state.
The Association also used the platform to appreciate the Governor’s interest and sincere commitment to developing and promoting Culture, Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Creative Economy by empowering, and for supporting the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism plans, policies, programs and projects.
According to Omoba Abiola Ogundeko, Secretary of the Association, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality remain key growth drivers of the economy in Africa, contributing 8.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018, equivalent to $194.2 billion.
“Additionally, leisure and travel remain important component of Africa’s tourism industry, taking up a majority 71 per cent of the tourist expenditure in 2018. In 2017, tourism statistics reflected a growth of 140.2% from 2016. In 2017, According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), tourism accounted for 34% of Nigeria’s GDP and 20% of the country’s employment creation in 2017″.
Ogundeko said globally, travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP was approximately 2.9 trillion U.S. Dollars in 2019.
The Secretary of the Association disclosed that United States Travel and Tourism industry contributed the largest sum at 580.7 billion Dollars.”In a ranking of the countries with the highest share of GDP from travel and tourism the city and special administrative region of Macau generated the highest share of GDP through direct travel and tourism of any economy worldwide”, he explained.
Ogundeko said the association would be ready to collaborate with Ogun State Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to provide a wide range of professional and technical expertise in assisting Ogun State to become a preferred State in Nigeria to live, work and visit by all.
“ATPN, Ogun State Chapter would be willing to give all the necessary technical support and advice to Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism in area of Tourism Development Master-Plan for Ogun State”
ATPN charged the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism to start looking into how to create more jobs opportunities for Ogun State Youths through various Culture and Tourism Entrepreneurship training programs as well as investment opportunities seminars for prospective investors in the culture and tourism sector in the State.
He observed there was the need for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to have quarterly stakeholder’s strategic meetings or workshops with the Tourism professionals and practitioners in Ogun State for continuous developmental initiatives and projects.