The cultural policy of the Government is to make Rivers State a Tourism Haven taking advantage of the rich culture of the state. The local and expatriate population in Port Harcourt has renewed confidence in the safety of its outdoors and is exploring it with energy and enthusiasm. The Government is taking full advantage of this and the private sector is welcome in this sector.
The Government is desirous of negotiating PPP arrangements aimed at creating worldwide class eco-friendly indoor/outdoor facilities. Government have currently completed the construction and commissioning of the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park and positive reports of visits to the park especially on weekends and public holidays is a pointer that Rivers State is the place to invest.
This project is aimed at providing an excellent leisure, recreational, shopping and entertainment experience. We welcome opportunities in the development of Hospitality resorts, Amusement parks, Children entertainment centres, Cinema, relaxation spots and Water parks.
TOURISM today is the world’s largest employer of labour and major source of revenue earner. Nigeria is over-dependent on oil because of negligence of agricultural sector and other sub-sectors particularly tourism.
In Rivers State, we have tourism sites which can be developed into mini event centres. The coastal shore lines and beaches, relaxation sites such as Isaka holiday resort, the Agaja Beach, – (Hippotamus village in Bony), the slave trade transit route through Ndele Town in Emohua Local Government Area to Bonny will attract both local and international tourists to the state. Also, the fishing villages of Elelenwo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and Unyeada in Andoni Local Government Area, the river confluence in Isiodu in Emohua Local Government Area, if properly harnessed, will attract tourism in Rivers State.
In the recent development, the State Government has mad bold steps in the movement of the Port Harcourt Zoo to the Grater Port Harcourt where she intends to develop a wild life with modern facilities, while the present Zoo site after the relocation will be used to develop an Amusement park with Five Star Hotels including modern facilities of international standard.