Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has disclosed plans for its 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is bill to hold at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on July 21. This was made known by the President of the federation, Nkwereuwem Onung. According to Onung, aside of the business session, the AGM, which is a non – elective one, will have a note speaker and panel session that will focus on x-raying the Nigerian tourism sector.
Onung further revealed that it is pertinent to examine performance of the sector and set agenda for both the government and the private sector that would serve as a springboard and guide for the new administration that would come on board in 2023. To this end, he said that the theme of the AGM has been tagged; Tourism in Nigeria: The Way Forward; with guest speakers from both the public and private sector, with different backgrounds and expertise in tourism to examine the theme from both angles and proffer solutions to identified challenges, which at the end of the meeting will form part of FTAN’s blueprint to be widely circulated for the benefit of the operators in the sector. According to him: ‘‘The tourism industry is a highly fragmented sector which involves many stakeholders in the provision of various services. The role of government in facilitating and promoting tourism through the provision of a favourable socio-political and legal environment is of utmost importance.
The tourism industry in Nigeria is confronted with serious problems including declining international visitor arrivals and decreasing tourism revenues. These very seasoned government officials will be sharing their thoughts on the way forward for the industry, highlighting how the government has, is and will reposition the sector through tourism policy formulation, developing national tourism plans and being actively engaged in the provision of tourism and hospitality facilities and services.’’ Speakers for the private sector panel include: Mrs. Justina Ovat, who is the president of Women in Hospitality and vice president, South South, FTAN; Mrs. Victoria Akai, director general, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Adedayo Adesugba, chief executive officer, Nexus 318, Hospitality Management and Investment Limited; Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, president, Institute of Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN); and Dr. Adun Okpe, senior advisor, Red Clay Advisory. While leading the public sector panel are: Folorunsho Coker, director general, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC); Mrs. Patricia Narai, director of domestic tourism, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture; Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, director general, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR); Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile – Yusuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; and Mrs. Tamwakat Weli, Plateau State Commissioner for Tourism. The one-day gathering is slated for Rockview (Royale) Hotel.