Commissioner Ayorinde presenting gifts to TIDA convener and CEO Skyview Communications Femi Lawson

TIDA GROUP LAUNCHES VIRTUAL TOURISM IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

WHAT IS VIRTUAL TOURISM?

A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images. It may also use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. It is distinguished from the use of live television to affect tele-tourism (Culled from Wikipedia)

TIDA TEAM’S VISIT TO THE LAGOS STATE COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE – LAGOS 5TH FEBRUARY

Cross section of the hosts and guests during the courtesy call by the TIDA team to the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture

The Lagos State government has announced that it plans to engage the creative and tourism sectors of the economy to increase the state’s standing as a leisure destination for both residents and visitors.

“We know and applaud the fact that Lagos is one of the top three most visited cities in Africa for business,” says Steve Ayotinde, the state’s commissioner for tourism, arts and culture, while addressing the organizing partners of the Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA) who paid him a courtesy visit. “But mind you when business people come, they must also be aware of where to go and what to do, which leads us to part of what we plan to do this year, which is to create a quarterly calendar that details events and programmes throughout the year.

L-R: Pelu Awofeso, Femi Lawson, Efetobo Awhana, during the visit of the TIDA team to Steve Ayorinde

The convener of the TIDA Conference and CEO of Skyview Communications, Femi Lawson, believes that Nigeria’s tourist sites have been under-served for decades and that the time is ripe for the country to take its rightful place in the committee of tourism-heavy nations.

“TIDA intends to bring stakeholders, young entrepreneurs and representatives of government together to discuss the opportunities that exist in the Nigerian tourism industry and how we can take advantage of it to transform the economy of the country and its negative image,” he says, adding that one of the key objectives of the conference (to hold on February 15 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs) will be the launch of Virtual Tourism, the first ever of its kind in Nigeria.

“Virtual Tourism is a product, a recording of all Nigerian tourist destinations in a video on VR. It means that when we attend exhibitions outside the country, if a prospective tourist can share where s/he wishes to go in Nigeria, I can give him/her a VR to watch and experience Nigeria. What that will do is to pique people’s interest so much that they want to come to Nigeria.”

Lawson commends the foresight of the Lagos State government in taking the state’s tourism assets seriously and showing the other states of the country how profitable the sector can be.

In return, Ayorinde praises the team’s vision and commitment and daring to make a difference in how Nigeria is perceived at home and abroad. “It’ll be our pleasure not only to be at the conference but to also support in whichever way that we can. TIDA pretty much aligns with what we [Lagos State Government] are trying to do,” he adds.

Written by Pelu Awofeso who is in the Media & Publicity Department of TIDA.

VISIT TO THE OGUN STATE COMMISSIONER OF CULTURE AND  TOURISM – ABEOKUTA 7TH FEBRUARY, 2018

TIDA Press Team with the Ogun State Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, RT. Hon. Muyiwa Oladapo.

TIDA Press team took some travel bloggers and media team on a familiarization tour and 2nd Press Conference to Abeokuta, Ogun State. They went on a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism. TIDA conference was endorsed by the Ogun State Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, RT. Hon. Muyiwa Oladapo.

The also visited the famous Olumo Rock and the Adire Market at Abeokuta.

TIDA Fam Trip to Olimo Rock, Abeokuta, Ogun State

ENDORSEMENT OF TIDA 2018 CONFERENCE

TIDA 2018 conference has also been endorsed by the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).

TIDA 2018 CONFERENCE: LAUNCH OF FIRST VIRTUAL TOURISM IN NIGERIA

Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA) Conference is an initiative of Skyview Communications and is organized in partnership with Fidol Trips & Travel Services, Travel Next Door, Avantgarde Tours and KALO Africa.

If you are interested in attending TIDA2018, do note that it is FREE and open to everyone. To attend kindly register HERE.

They will be launching the following initiatives:
* THE FIRST VIRTUAL TOURISM IN NIGERIA
* TOURISM ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
* A NIGERIAN TOURISM MAGAZINE.

Photo Credit: Adedeji Olalekan

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