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Governor Ayade moves to make Cross River Africa’s tourism hub


As part of his vision to make the state a window to Africa, Governor Ben Ayade is ramping up activities through the establishment of additional tourism facilities in Cross River. He said his vision was not only to make it Nigeria’s tourism capital but a window to the entire African continent.

According to a statement from the governor’s office yesterday in Calabar, he regretted that although the state was known globally for tourism, but there were less activities and facilities for the sector to thrive, He assured the people that his administration was building the Calas Vegas in Calabar, being handled by a South African firm, and the Busafot Resort in Obanliku Local Council of the state to boost tourism.

Ayade said: “Today marks the full kick-off of the journey towards the actualisation of the Calas Vegas city. Cross River State is the tourism capital of Nigeria but lacks the facilities to keep tourists busy.

“Today, we are rehabilitating and bringing Obudu Ranch Resort to life again. To also complement the Calas Vegas city we are building in Calabar, we are developing another resort in Obanliku. This project is also the reason why I’m building the Obudu Cargo Airport.”

Justifying the establishment of the airport, Ayade went on: “When tourists visit Calas Vegas in Calabar, they will also know they can fly to Obudu to visit the Busofat resort and from there to the Ranch. With this, they will be activities to sustain tourism across the state and I have no doubt that when completed, the state will have enough traffic.”


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