By Ogar Monday
The Cross River State Government has assured that it is committed to revamping the State tourism sector by spicing it with new innovations as well as search for more sites.
The Commissioner of Culture and Tourism Mr. Eric Anderson made the position of the Government known in Calabar while fielding questions from this reporter.
Mr. Anderson revealed that his Ministry sees tourism as a profitable business, and we are working towards improving access to tourism sites in the State to allow guests and tourists have a reason to spend their money and still come back again.”
His words, “It is our desire that every aspect of the culture and tourism aspect of our State works, we have been able to run an analysis of our successes and challenges in 2017, as a result we have come up with a simple plan of how we can go round our tourism assets and have it properly packaged and ready to receive our guests and tourists for the year.”
On the just concluded Carnival Calabar, the Commissioner stated that “It was a very successful outing for us. It was successful in many ways; first of all because we put up a calendar of several activities which we were able to meet up. It was successful also because of new introductions in the calendar like the display of drop-top cars, wonders on wheels and all of that, it was new and had a lot of participation even from people who came from Abuja, Lagos and around the country.
“It was successful especially on the Carnival proper where we had Owerri Carnival crew participating with a 1000 man band, and for the first time the Governor’s band which is not a competing band had a proper function of a competing band with over 600 revelars, it was successful again because of the spillover we had in terms of tourists and participation.” He said.
The Commissioner of Tourism also added that the Ministry is looking towards the development of more tourism assets of the State as it is identifying some new sites that the Ministry will soon work on.
Concluding, Mr. Anderson maintained that, “In all of this I will not fail Cross Riverians for this opportunity to serve.”
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