The Cross River Government says on Thursday it expects over 50,000 tourists from across the world to visit the new Calasvegas tourism city during this year’s Calabar Carnival.
Mr George Ekpungu, the Commissioner for New Cities Development, said this while on advocacy visit to traditional rulers and elders of Nsutan community in Calabar South Local Government.
He told the traditional leaders that the government would transform the Twins island located in the area into a city, to boost tourism.
Ekpungu, accompanied by Mr Oliver Orok, the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Sustainable Development, said the city would be completed before the 2016 Calabar carnival.
“My chiefs and traditional rulers, I am here today to solicit your supports and cooperation in view of the state government plan to transform the Twin island into Calasvegas city.
“Every community belongs to the owners; this city cannot come into limelight without your supports.
“Tourism is one of the most essential commodities that Cross River has.
“Governor Ben Ayade is determined to develop the state with a view to attract more investors for business and leisure. I appeal to you to support the development of this city.
“When fully developed, over 50,000 tourists that will be in Calabar for the carnival and will be taken on a boat ride to visit the city.
“This will generate revenue for the state and the host community will also get royalties.
“We are also putting in place adequate security for tourists that will visit the city’’, he said.
Responding, Etubom Macah-Archibong, Clan Head of Nsutan community, expressed happiness over the project.
According to him, the Marina beach was the home of tourism in Calabar, as it is natural and friendly to visitors.
Another traditional ruler, Mr Ekpeyong Effiong-Iyamba, said that the new city would further develop the community and boost economic activities in the area.
Other traditional rulers, who spoke during the visit, also pledged their support for the project.