General Manager of Royal 95.5 fm, Yenagoa, Mr Tudor Ayah has stressed the need to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Ijaws, saying that the holistic development of tourism infrastructure will boost revenue as well as create thousands of jobs for the teaming unemployed youths in the state.
Mr Ayah who stated this when he received a delegation of Travel Writers’ Corps of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by it’s chairman, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo in his office at Agudama Epie in Yenagoa local government area, maintained that: “there is a brighter future with the emerging tourism industry in state.
He noted that with the commitment of the media towards promoting the abundant tourism potentials in the state, coupled state government’s focus on investing in public infrastructural development, there no doubt that Bayelsa will become the emerging tourism destination in the South South region and beyond.
While expressing his station’s readiness to collaborate with the travel writers’ corps in its bid to promote tourism potentials across the state, the General manager maintained that tourism has great role to play in boosting the local economy.
Mr Ayah called for proper synergy among all stakeholders, including the public and private sectors in order to evolve the right policies that will provide the enabling operational environment trigger industry activities that could stimulate domestic tourism to enhance the state’s tourism offerings with a view enriching visitors’ experience in Bayelsa State.
Earlier, Chairman of Travel Writers’ Corps of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo had socilited the support of Royal 95.5 fm in the promotion of tourism with reprorter assigned to tourism beat, saying that tourism promotes national integration as well as makes people become aware of the beauty and richness of their cultural heritage.
Mr Kiyaramo said tourism encourages cultural pursuits and provides support to local handicrafts producers, just as it has potential of connecting people from various backgrounds and helps to enhance international understanding,.
He reiterated that with proper attention, given to our tourism brand, the state will be among the best holiday destinations of the country.
“Tourism is considered to be an invincible trade. Bayelsa’s natural beauty, biodiversity and glorious history will attract innumerable visitors to Yenagoa every year.
“Foreign tourists will visit Bayelsa for heritage tourism, cultural tourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism, medical tourism and business tourism. Tourism in Bayelsa has grown substantially over the last few years,” he maintained.
The chairman was accompanied by the secretary, Okioma Aherhoke, Membership secretary, Stanley Imgbi and Jide Dominic.
It will be recalled that travel writing celebrates the differences in manners and customs around the world. It helps the reader to understand other people and places, as well as helps readers plan their own trips and avoid costly mistakes while traveling. But, most of all, it lets readers travel to far-off destinations that they may never see.
By Glory Edoni