FTAN president promises to re-engage government in tourism development and promotion

The National President of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, assured the federation’s commitment and willingness to continue to engage and re-engage government at all levels to empower the tourism a concrete voice in Nigeria.

Onung, who revealed this during his New Years message to Nigerians, said the organized private sector will continue to rethink new ways to ensure that tourism collaborations between all major stakeholders are refocused to make the industry more dynamic than ever.

While congratulating the speakers on a brand new year 2022, looked at the pitfall encountered in 2021.

According to the president of FTAN, “Last year the new normal started to take hold, tourist events were popping up everywhere.

“During the months of November and December 2021, we had back-to-back events. African travel market AKwaaba, Tourism and transport summit, awards ceremony, NAFEST, AGM of associations, etc.

“As the industry anticipated a strong Christmas travel season, we also witnessed apprehension caused by the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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 Carnival of Calabar, the great Lagos, etc.

“As we move into the new year, 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 are going to reinforce through our Let’s Do It Together hashtag, which we plan to launch in January 2022.

“After the launch of # let’sdoittogetherfortourism, we will be making a formal presentation to the public and private sector to show that we want a new narrative.

The presentation will begin with President Muhammad Buhari, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, state governors, general managers of tourism agencies and commissioners, the 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 federation’s commitment and practical 2022 tourism agenda.”

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