Alhaji Rabo further called on FTAN members, and Nigeria tourism stakeholders, not to be lethargic. He called on all to “rise up to the needs of the moment, and give our best to both sanitize and grow the business environments of tourism in Nigeria.”
Accordingly, the National Working Councils were approved to facilitate FTAN’s tourism initiatives and development agendas across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and the Federal Capital. In this regard, FTAN Council accepted the Working Plan for years 2017 to 2019and, immediately also, setup eight National Working Councils, whose membership include Associations’ Presidents, Associations’ Secretaries and other capable members within the Associations.
This is the first time FTAN is activating the Federation’s constitutional provision to establish some National Working Councils, also known as ‘Working Committees’, to oversee the implementation of FTAN’s strategic decisions towards a sustainable tourism industry in Nigeria, and professionalism in hospitality enterprise management. More so, FTAN constitution stipulates the establishment of such standing national working councils to serve as operations, services and business agencies.
The new FTAN National Working Councils are
- Hospitality, Resort and Leisure Services,
- Transportation, Tours and Travel Services,
- Tourism fairs, Marketing and Investment Services,
- Manpower Development, Legislation and Standards,
- Tourism Facilities, Support and Allied Services,
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Finance and Investment Services
- Public Communications
The Council Meeting also approved, the short, medium and long term development plans as proposed by FTAN Executives, which includes among other things, securing technical supports and assistance from UNWTO to set up local structures for tourism and hospitality peer review, standardization of tourist services, enrichment of tourism assets, improve destinations services and provide value for tourists. This aims to increase the number of arrivals and increase the length of stay of inbound tourists.
There’s also the target to liaise with Bank of Industry (BOI),and any newly created development Bank, to source for Tourism Intervention Funds for FTAN members to secure and invest in tourism projects in Nigeria. As well as, to collaborate with Nigeria’s Economic Management Team to implement tourism policies as alternative for national poverty reduction in the rural areas and to jump start regional economic development.
It would be recalled that this Lagos Council Meeting of September 14th is the first time any FTAN Council Meeting was held outside Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. This is in compliance with the New Order in FTAN to take Nigerian tourism development issues across the zones. Consequently, the Lagos Council Meeting resolved, at the close of proceedings, to hold the next February 2018 Council Meeting in the South-South zone,precisely in Port Harcourt.
Joesef Karim (PRO, FTAN)