Entertainment has been described as a vehicle through which youth restiveness can be curbed and life stresses relieved.
Against this backdrop, stakeholders of the hospitality and tourism industry are calling on the state government to collaborate with key players in driving the sector.
Speaking at the unveiling of the 2023″ Christmas in Port Harcourt”, the convener of the event and project director, Chibuzor Edwin Okolie emphasized on the importance of Public Private Partnership in boosting the hospitality and tourism industry.
He explained that Christmas in Port Harcourt is a socio-cultural event in Port Harcourt city with the objective of appreciating, promoting, and exposing art, beauty, cultural heritage and lifestyle of Niger Delta and Nigeria to the world.
He said the 2023 edition of Christmas in port Harcourt which has “Consolidation” as its theme is designed to show case the rich cultural heritage of Rivers people as well as provide platform for young entertainers to showcase their crafts.
The CEO of Edizwinebar said robust contributions from stakeholders will make the state’s hospitality industry quite innovative adding that this year’s edition will be the most spectacular end of the year event.
He further informed that the annual event which kicked off in 2017 shall run from 24th to the 25th of December is segmentated into 2 sessions, afternoon session for kids and family and evening session for adults.
Expressing belief in Government’s ability to ensure conducive atmosphere for entertainment to thrive, Mr Okolie disclosed that Christmas in Port Harcourt will give upcoming and creative artistes opportunity to grow in the entertainment industry.
He also urged the media as capital partners to support and collaborate with hospitality and tourism stakeholders in driving the industry to enviable heights.
The unveiling ceremony was well attended by government functionaries, entertainers, cultural troupes and members of the public.