The executive members of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) continued their Nigeria Tourism Sensitization drive with a working visit to the management of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in Abuja Nigeria, on August 10th 2017.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) received FTAN executive members in the company of other NCAC Directors. The meeting resolved, among other things, that FTAN and NCAC would close ranks to jointly design, promote and sell inbound Nigeria tour packages. He said the tour packages would be built around cultural festivals, events and host destinations in Nigeria.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has announced the opening of their new secretariat in Abuja’s highbrow area ofAsokoro. You may recall that upon assumption of their positions, after the election on June 29th 2017, the new FTAN Executive members promised to hit the ground running. They pledged to be proactive in spearheading tourism development in Nigeria, using FTAN as the catalyst.
Since the founding of FTAN, their Secretariat had always been donated by prominent members of the Federation free of charge; the last person is Chief Tomi Akingbogun, who allowed FTAN to use a hall in his prestigious Hotel Rosebud Abuja for about four years. Alhaji Saleh Kareem Rabo, during his acceptance speech as the new President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), vowed before the over 200 delegates that his first mission as the President is to secure a befitting office for FTAN within 3weeks in the post!
In an interview with Nigeria Travel Digest in Abuja earlier today 24th July, an excited Alhaji Saleh Rabo said “we are glad to have quickly secured a befitting office space and national secretariat for FTAN. The credit for it goes to the entire members of the new FTAN Executive Council. I heartily thank the Excos and also congratulate the FTAN family across Nigeria. I therefore encourage FTAN member associations, especially those in Nigeria’s geopolitical zones, to confidently use the new office for their meetings and seminars, whenever they are in Abuja.”
Question: Congratulations on your recent election as the President of FTAN. What is FTAN and who are the current members of FTAN?
Answer: FTAN is the acronym for Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria. It is the umbrella body of all tourism and hospitality associations in Nigeria. FTAN is a legal entity; duly incorporated in Nigeria, hence is represents the organized private sector in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism industry.
Question: What is the relevance of FTAN to tourism development in Nigeria?
Answer:Good question. You see, FTAN is the Association of Associations in Nigeria’s tourism industry. Our membership include different association of hoteliers, travel agencies, tour operators, tourism academia, travel journalists, national dance groups, cultural artisans and several other allied practitioners. Hence, FTAN by default is the pressure group for the development of tourism as an economic asset base in Nigeria.
The newly elected FTAN President, Alhaji Saleh Rabo at the 20th Annual General Meeting and Elections held at Nanet Suites Abuja, on June 29th 2017, said FTAN would engage the federal government to fully integrate templates that will facilitate domestic and inbound tourism development in Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business programme.
He also remarked that under his leadership, FTAN will regularly liaise with Nigeria federal government and the Nigeria Immigration Service to implement Visa-on-Arrival policy, to make tourist destinations more accessible to foreign leisure and business tourists.
Alhaji Rabo expressed his commitment to facilitate a robust tourism plan for Nigeria, based on the principles of Sustainable Tourism development that will lead to more accessible tourist destinations, enrichment of visitors’ facilities and establishment of unique Nigeria tourist products.
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