As part of the initiatives to refashion the state’s tourism sector, Governor Benedict Ayade has made public his intentions to hire the services of famous cartoon producing company, Disney World in Florida, United States of America (USA) to Cross River State.
The governor disclosed this over the weekend in Calabar when the State Executive Council of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) led by its Chairman, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, paid him a working visit.
Governor Ayade who told the NLC State EXCO that his victory at the 2019 election was courtesy of his stout resolve to retouch Cross River State notedly pointed out that the Obudu Ranch Resort has much to benefit from this resolve of his.
Ayade said that his first move to revamping the Resort was to deliver quality access to the site as that will encourage a revisit.
“Even if you renovate the Ranch with gold, after five hours of a tortured journey from Calabar to the Ranch, it will be difficult to convince you to do a second trip. So, no matter what you do, the first challenge for any professional who is looking properly into dealing with the issue is to first and foremost address access to the ranch because when you get there beautifully without stress, you will love to come back again and again,” Ayade.
His Excellency went further to say that the construction of the superhighway and the Obudu International Airport were part of the plans to revamp the ranch; “Because the Bebi Airstrip is locked into a magnetic mountain, it has a very high accident rate. People are scared of flying by the airstrip.
“My plan now is to fix access to ranch properly and when the airport is ready alongside the superhighway, I will bring in Disney World as part of revamping the Ranch.”
Disney World which the governor talks of bringing to the Ranch is a company famous for the production of cartoon. However, the American company, is a division of Disney Park, Experiences and Products established since October 1971 and ranked amongst the top-most tourist sites in America and as the most visited vacation resort in the world, with average annual attendance of more than 52 million.