FTAN re-engages the government in tourism development | The Guardian Nigeria News

… Launches Let’s do it together for tourism Hashtag

The National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, ensured the federation’s commitment to continued engagement with government at all levels to give 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 find new ways to ensure that tourism collaborations between all major stakeholders are refocused to make the more dynamic industry.

Recounting the experiences of 2021, the FTAN president said: “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. Akwaaba African Travel Market, Tourism and Transport Summit, Award Ceremony, NAFEST, Association AGM, etc. However, as the industry anticipated a strong Christmas travel season, we have witnessed apprehension caused by the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe has blamed Africa and banned air travel to their countries and apprehension replaces anticipation. Those who traveled had several complications; some events have been canceled, among them Carnival Calabar, Greater Lagos, etc.

He continued, “In this new year 2022, we don’t know what the federal government intends to do differently to grow tourism, but we will attempt 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. All of this is what we’re going to reinforce through our Let’s Do It Together hashtag that we plan to launch this month.

“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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