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Ondo partners La Campagne to upgrade Araromi Beachfront tnto tourism zone

By Maria Diamond
20 August 2022   |   2:38 am
In line with the vision of making Ondo State a choice tourist destination, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has set plans in motion to make one of the state’s rural and rustic enclaves, Araromi

La Campagne Tropicana, Lagos, Nigeria. Photo credit: LaCampagne

In line with the vision of making Ondo State a choice tourist destination, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has set plans in motion to make one of the state’s rural and rustic enclaves, Araromi, the best beachfront in Nigeria.

  
The governor, who declared the community’s beachfront a Tourism Zone, unfolded his vision for Araromi during a strategic meeting with Wanle Akinboboye in his Alagbaka, Akure office. In attendance at the session were the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; the Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Wale Akinlosotu; and the Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaye.
  
The project, which is in partnership with the award-winning African-themed resort, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, founded by Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, would see to the development and transformation of the rural community into a thriving blue economy for the benefit of global business and leisure travellers as well as the locals.
  
According to the governor, it was time to develop the huge potential of the State in tourism, using a new approach, hence the declaration of Araromi beachfront as a Tourism Zone.
 
Akeredolu noted that the development of the project would be in partnership with La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, with a view to replicating the success stories of tourism as evident in other climes, with particular reference to Dubai.

“We have reached an agreement to declare our waterfronts or shores, where we have a lot of advantages in the country, a Tourism Zone,” he said.
  
In his remarks, Akinboboye applauded the governor for this bold move, assuring him of the huge benefits that it would bring to the state, especially in the area of infrastructure development and job creation as well as in transforming the rural community into a fast-growing economic and tourists destination of the first choice.

“Ondo State has limitless potential that can beat any beachfront community in the world. I am sure you are aware that there are 840 kilometres of beachfront in Nigeria across six states Ondo State has the longest, with almost 200 kilometres of it. The entire Dubai has a total of 70 kilometres of beachfront; they welcome over 15.9 million visitors every year. Just imagine if they spend a thousand dollars, multiply by 15.9 million people. This is what the Governor wants to replicate, to bring the entire world here.”
  
He continued: “We have the richest ocean, because of limited operations of trolleys, so our sea is extremely rich with different species of fish, prawns and the entire tourism activities that we believe very strongly will not only attract just Nigerians but Africans in Diaspora. Hence, a declaration like this will attract the world to that area for business opportunities.”

“With this declaration,” he noted, “we in the state would have built a humongous platform for tomorrow’s people. The platform we are standing on today was built by yesterday’s people and Governor Akeredolu has begun the process to build the platform for tomorrow’s people.”