His impact was not that felt when he was in the Information and Strategies portfolio, but since he moved to the Culture and Tourism ministry as commissioner, a prolific journalist turned politician, Hon. Steve Ayorinde has been notching ground-breaking projects and programs to add more value and essence to the unprecedented high-flying tenure of the Akinwunmi Ambode-led Lagos State Government. In less than a year of being in the saddle as commissioner of Culture and Tourism, bespectacled Steve has fashioned out a couple of culture and tourism events aimed at turning Lagos State into a mega tourist attraction centre which is one of the principal agenda of Governor Ambode. Recently, at the Lagos Tourism Summit, held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, with the theme: ‘Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy,’ the turn-out and subsequent success of the event was really an eloquent testimony of a master planner and events-organizer. The array of guests at the well-attended function from diverse spheres of the society could only point to one direction: Lagos state is really inching towards a mega tourist centre in Nigeria. Commenting on the idea of the summit, Gov. Ambode said, “As a government, we are conscious of the fact that infrastructure, security, stability and partnership with all stakeholders are fundamental ingredients for tourism development. We have channelled a lot of resources into creating an enduring infrastructural architecture for the business of tourism to thrive.” He said his administration was not unmindful of the fact that for the State to match up with other leading world tourism destinations like Miami; São Paulo; Dubai, Singapore and Tokyo as well as African cities such as Cape Town, Cairo, Marrakech and Accra, the right infrastructure has to be put in place.

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