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Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Bayelsa State Council, Comrade Samuel Numenegi has called on the federal, state and local governments to pay adequate attention to tourism promotion and development.

He said its contributions to poverty reduction, efficiency and productivity, also impacts on several external economic factors, making tourism promotion an impetus to economic growth.

Numonengi, who stated this while inaugurating the Bayelsa State executive of Travel Writers Corps in his office in Yenagoa, reiterated that “today, tourism is one of the main directions of the development of states and national economies,” pointing out that with its development, a state or country can receive significant revenues and reduce the current alarming high level of unemployment.

Stressing the urgent need for government at all levels to formulate tourism promotion policies to market the numerous tourist potentials to gain wide recognition, he lamented that little or no meaningful efforts are being made to develop the sector at the state and local government levels despite the huge foreign exchange earnings that tourism could bring to bear on internally generated revenue.

“Tourism development is not only a result of industry activities, it needs the concerted efforts of state actors and the private sector, noting that the growth of interest towards any state on the international tourism market will be largely conditioned by its tourism promotion policies,” he said.

He enjoined Bayelsa State Travel Writers Corps executive to partner with the state ministry of culture and tourism in collaboration with the private sector to come up with modalities that would promote the abundant tourism potentials in the state through their various media channels.

In his acceptance remark, Chairman of Bayelsa State Travel Writers Corps, MrPiriye Kiyaramo noted that Bayelsa is home to Oloibiri Well 1 (the first oil well in West Africa discovered in 1956) which marked the beginning of the shift of Nigeria’s economic base from agriculture to oil and gas, saying the oil-rich state is not only filled with oil wells, but has a very rich cultural heritage and biodiversity with amazing tourist attractions.

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