Rivers to boost tourism for economic recovery


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Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) stands ready to boost tourism activities in the state for economic recovery and growth.

RSTDA chief executive Yibo Koko said Monday at a meeting in Port Harcourt, held in honor of World Tourism Day 2021.

Koko noted that considering more light on domestic tourism will improve the development of the state and the nation as a whole.

According to Koko, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact on the global economy, both developed and developing economies have been affected. The World Tourism Organization postulates that restarting tourism will help jumpstart economic recovery and growth, saying domestic tourism will return before international tourism.

“UNWTO has therefore designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day dedicated to tourism for inclusive growth. This is an opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and recognize that behind every number there is a person.

“World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on September 27, is the global day of celebration promoting awareness of the social, cultural, political and economic value of tourism and the contribution that the sector can make to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

“The celebration of World Tourism Day 2021 is an opportunity to galvanize government, public and private companies, businesses and individuals to celebrate tourism’s unique ability to ensure that no one is left behind while the world begins to open up again to rebuild the affected economy. by the Covid-19 pandemic. “

Koko said the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency believes that tourism is an engine of sustainable development and that tourism increases economic growth, quality of life, environmental protection, preservation culture and heritage.

He added that the agency is focused on engaging, empowering and creating people-centered community development tourism programs to ensure culture-focused and improvement-oriented social investment activities. the general well-being of stakeholders and members of our communities with the provision of sustainable, smart and socially inclusive programs.

Also speaking at the program, Ms. Tonye Briggs Oniyide, State Culture and Tourism Commission, highlighted the importance of tourism for the socio-economic development of the state and the prosperity of the people of Rivers.

She called on the people of Rivers State to continue projecting the traditional peace and hospitality for which the state is known, adding that “Only by doing so can guests and investors be attracted to invest so that the state reap the benefits of a strong and prosperous economy ”.

Oniyide praised the state governor, Nyesom Wike, for being the mainstay of supporting the tourism industry in the state.

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