As preparations for Niger Delta Tourism Expo, which is scheduled to hold for the first time in Calabar, Cross River State, gather momentum, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, the choice venue for the maiden event, has offered to partner with the organisers of the event.

This is coming on the heels of recent support for the tourism event, which would see the nine states in the South – South region gather to promote and market the tourism business of the region, by the Cross State government, through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which pledged full endorsement for the travel and tourism trade expo.

At a meeting with the local organising committee of the event, the General Manager of Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, Mrs. Justina Ovat, declared that as a measure of its support, the management of the hotel is offering 50% discount on its facilities, including rooms to participants and exhibitors.

She conducted the team on a tour of the facilities, which included the proposed venue, exhibition spaces, halls and board rooms for breakout sessions. State tourism boards, agencies, different stakeholders and experts, tourism operations, designated speakers and panelists as well as the media and the public from across the states of the South – South region of the country, are expected to converge on Tinapa, Calabar to chart a new course for the improvement of the economy of Niger Delta states beyond the oil and gas.

Billed to hold between 11 and 13 July, the theme is: ‘Niger – Delta Beyond Oil: Tourism, A Tool for Sustainable Development.’ Different sub topics on issues ranging from hospitality, the role of the media, the government, security agencies, and financial and traditional institutions among others would occupy the seminar sections of the event.