Minister of Tourism Hails Epe’s Potential as Tour Guides Graduate in Skills Development Training

In a bid to unlock the tourism potential of Epe and bolster its attractiveness as a destination, kakalistiq.com reports that Nigeria’s Minister for Tourism, Mrs. Lola Ade-John, spearheaded skills development training graduations for tour operators and guides at the Epe LG Secretariat on Sunday, April 14, 2024. The Federal Ministry of Tourism organised the event to equip graduates with the knowledge and expertise needed to showcase Epe’s cultural heritage and natural beauty to visitors.

Addressing the attendees, Minister Ade-John emphasized the untapped opportunities within Epe, highlighting its status as a prominent fishing village in the southwest region. She urged the graduates to leverage Epe’s rich history and scenic landscapes to attract tourists, stressing the importance of engaging with visitors and providing memorable experiences.

“To be successful in tour operations, it’s not just about showing people around,” remarked Minister Ade-John. “You must have the personality to engage with visitors, offer hospitality, and share the stories behind the attractions. This training marks the beginning of your journey towards becoming effective ambassadors for Epe’s tourism industry.”

Reflecting on the event’s significance for Epe’s tourism sector, Minister Ade-John outlined plans to enhance the town’s infrastructure and heritage sites to create a welcoming environment for visitors. She emphasized collaboration with the state government to identify and preserve key landmarks, such as colonial-era buildings and scenic lagoons, that showcase Epe’s unique charm.

At the palace of the Oloja of Epe Land, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Minister Ade-John expressed gratitude for the warm reception and support received during the training. She commended the efforts of Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun, the Epe LG Chairman, for her dedication to promoting tourism and hospitality in the community.

In an interview, Hon. Abiodun Tobun underscored the transformative impact of tourism on employment and economic development in Epe. He praised the ministry for its commitment to training tour guides and operators, highlighting the role of tourism in reducing unemployment, enhancing community well-being, and fostering a safe and vibrant environment.

Echoing his sentiments, Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun expressed optimism about the tour guides’ role in showcasing Epe’s attractions to the world. She encouraged the graduates to seize the opportunity to become professionals and income earners, urging them to highlight iconic sites such as Sugbon Eredo, First Post Office, and Olugbokere in their tours.

With renewed enthusiasm and expertise, the graduates are poised to propel Epe’s tourism sector to new heights, attracting visitors and generating economic prosperity for the community.

             

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

I am Kaka Babatunde, a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience in the media industry spans 3 years under @Ekohotblog as a field reporter. I'm a writer, serial volunteer, and community and youth development enthusiast whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos.

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