While speaking to FTAN members at the event, the president, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, also said, "we would seek your support, as we explore new frontiers. Essentially, we want to engage some national and international funding organizations to secure grants or investment funds, something akin to what the Agriculture sectors in Nigeria benefits.
Accordingly, we plan to engage relevant organisations including the Bank of Industry (BOI) and Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to support FTAN members".
He stressed that, FTAN goals are to facilitate tourism investments for operators in our industry. Reiterating that "we plan to designate our members as recognizable Tourism Operators Clusters for harmonization of standards and work with investment funds to benchmark our financial service needs, such as designing transparent framework for qualification and access to investment funds/grant, and bankable conditions for collaterals or group guarantees".
Alhaji Rabo further mentioned the challenge of insecurity in the country, especially at tourism destinations where members operate.
And observed that, "while the national debate for State Police is on-going, we recommend that federal government should also consider the establishment of Tourism Police at major tourist destinations in Nigeria".
According to him, most international tourist destinations, such as Turkey and Kenya, which have entrenched Tourism Police structures have been able to ameliorate attacks on visitors/tourists, thereby gaining the confidence of tourist source markets and eventually increasing tourist arrivals and expenditures at their destinations.
Saleh Rabo revealed that FTAN is willing and prepared to provide basic training for such Tourism Police detachments in areas of ‘tourism operations’ and ‘visitor management’ as they pertain to tourism in Nigeria.
Finally, he implore members to continually support FTAN and operate within the sanctity of their avowed tourism best practices and travel trade ethics.
The Annual General Meeting held at Kapital Klub & Apartments, Asokoro Abuja.