The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) has called for the strict implementation of the tourism master plan developed by the Ogun State government, insisting only this would revolutionize and reposition the sector.
The Vice President of the South West zone of ITPN, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, stated this during a retreat organised for stakeholders in the tourism sector and new members of the institute in Abeokuta.
Olumoko said the tourism and the hospitality industry is a critical sector of the Nigerian economy that contributes significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), hence it should be given all the attention it deserves.
He noted that the institute developed the tourism master plan for Lagos and Ogun to open up the states for more private investments in the tourism and hospitality industry.
He argued that the strict implementation of the master plan would help the country diversify from an oil dependent economy.