The Imo State Government has opened a Tourism Information Office in Owerri, the state capital.
The Tourism Information Office is located at Imo International Exhibition Centre, formerly Family Support Programme, FSP Park at Wetheral Road, Owerri.
The state Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mazi Uche Ohia who commissioned the office said it is in line with the commitment of Imo State government to project the state as an irresistible tourism destination.
Mazi Ohia assured that the office would provide information on tourism establishments in the state, on calendar of events and ceremonies, on fees and taxes payable by tourism facilities, and for investment opportunities in the state.
He said the Information Office would also serve to assist Diasporans seeking to visit or to invest in the state as well as offer assistance to African Americans searching for their roots.
The commissioner said that the top notch services that would be provided by the all-purpose Tourism Information Office would be complemented by the availability of Directories of exquisite and affordable hotels, lounges, nightclubs, event centres, ecotourism outfits, shops and eateries to make Imo one of the best states in tourism and hospitality information access in Nigeria.
Recall that the Imo State Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts recently flagged off the Imo Tourism Identity Logo Design contest to create a brand identity for Imo tourism in order to facilitate smooth tourism marketing in the state.
Dignitaries present at the commissioning ceremony included Paddy Obinna, Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Culture; Bobby Michaels Uchechukwu, Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Creative Arts; Ik Ekesson, Senior Special Assistant to Imo State Governor on Tourism and Culture; Sir T.U.C Nwokonkwo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts; and Oba M.A Oladeji, Oba of the Yoruba Community in Imo State.
Others were Nnamdi Ihezuo who represented the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, and heads of departments in the ministry.