FTAN commits the FG to the development and promotion of tourism
As Nigeria’s tourism operators look forward to a new dawn in 2022, the Federation of Nigeria Tourism Associations (FTAN) has pledged to take the lead in the hope of starting the year with constructive engagement with the government in the development and promotion of Nigerian tourism. .
This is when the federation is preparing to launch a hagstag for the year; ‘# let’sdoittogether’, which she says is a demonstration of her commitment to developing Nigerian tourism and a platform that every operator can use in their engagement in tourism throughout the year. This new development was revealed by FTAN President Nkereuwem Onung in his New Year’s message to Nigerians and members of the federation. Onung said the organized private sector that FTAN represents as an umbrella body for all operators, will continue to find new ways of seeing collaborations among all major stakeholders refocused to make the sector more vibrant than ever. While congratulating stakeholders on a brand new year 2022, however, he recounted some of the experiences and events of the past year. According to him: “Last year, the new normal started to take hold, tourist events popped up everywhere.
“During the months of November and December 2021, we had back-to-back events. The AKwaaba African Travel Market, Tourism and Transport Summit, Awards, NAFEST, Association AGMs and many more have been held. “As the industry anticipated a strong Christmas travel season, we also witnessed apprehension caused by the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
“Europe has blamed Africa and banned air travel in their countries and apprehension replaces anticipation. “Those who traveled had several complications; some events have been canceled, among them the Calabar Carnival and the Grand Lagos. ” While no one knows what the federal government intends to do to change the situation, he nevertheless said FTAN will engage with the government: “As we enter the New Years, we don’t know what the federal government intends to do differently to grow tourism.
“We will try to engage them again. States can do better. Private tourism institutions can help. Stakeholders need unity and courage backed by collaboration to run a viable, people-centered tourism industry to support and benefit all.
“This is what we will be strengthening through our hashtag ‘# let’sdoittogetherfortourism’, which we intend to launch in January 2022.” After the launch of # let’sdoittogetherfortourism, we will make a formal presentation to the public and the private sectors to show that we want a new narrative. The presentation will begin with President Muhammad Buhari, Minister of Information and Culture, state governors, directors general of tourism agencies and commissioners, l National Assembly and serious stakeholders. “The hashtag will become a national emblem and promotional material for every event that takes place in Nigeria.” This will be our first statement to launch the practical tourism pledge and the federation’s agenda in 2022. “