Imo govt to boost economy with tourism

The Imo State Government has revealed its plans to boost the state's economy through tourism.

During a Saturday webinar titled 'Opportunities in Tourism in Imo State,' organized by the state government's Chief Economic Adviser, Prof Kenneth Amaeshi, the state Commissioner for Tourism, Jerry Egemba, reaffirmed the government's commitment to tourism development in the state and its willingness to welcome investors in the sector.

"Imo has long been known as a tourism center," Egemba said.

He discussed how hotel businesses had been developed with tourism, boosting the state's hospitality sector, and how additional investments in the sector would provide employment opportunities to youths and other residents.

He claims that he has never seen a government more dedicated to tourism than the current administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

"In terms of investment, we want to turn the Nworie River into a tourism center, and that is something we are working on," he said.

The commissioner predicted that many Imo indigenes would return home to visit interesting tourist attractions, noting that this was already happening.

One of the panelists, Osiagwu Chikezie, also spoke and identified "attractions, activities, amenities, accommodation, and accessibility" as important components for boosting tourism.

Another important factor identified during the webinar is transportation, which is a complementary factor to tourism because it determines accessibility as well as employment opportunities.

Clara Braide, Head, Branding and Standardisation, Corporate Affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission; Igbo Queen, General Manager, Uchemec Group of Companies, Owerri branch; and Frank Meke, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Niger Radio, were also on the panel.

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