He said, “the association would secure technical assistance from international organizations like UNWTO to facilitate enrichment of tourism assets, improve destinations services and provide value for tourists. This would increase the number of tourists’ arrivals and increase the length of stay of tourist”.
The new FTAN president revealed that the group plans to acquire a befitting FTAN secretariat in Abuja, train staff on core competence and sector skills service provision, and also embark on advocacy visits to National Assembly to foster effective laws for Nigeria’s tourism industry.
While he admonished FTAN member associations to be relentless in their drive to ensure that government agencies and the broader private industries in Nigeria become actively aware, and participate, in FTAN’s activities and programs nationwide.
The newly elected FTAN Executive members for 2017 to 2019 as follows:
Alhaji Saleh Rabo - National President
Mr. Nkereuwem Onung - 1st Deputy President
Chief Abiodun Odusanwo - 2nd Deputy President
Mr. Badaki Aliyu - Vice President, FCT
Otunba Ayo Olumoko - Vice President, South West
Mrs. Ngozi Ngoka - Vice President, South East
Mr. John Adzer - Vice President, North Central
Alhaji Nura Kangiwa - Vice President, North West
Mr. Eugene Nwauzi - Vice President, South South
Mrs. Suzanne Akporiaye - Treasurer
Mr. Stephen Adebayo-Ajayi - Internal Auditor
Mrs. Ime Udo - Membership Secretary 1
Mr. John-Likita M. Best - Membership Secretary 2
Mr. Emeka Anokwuru - Membership Secretary 3
Mr. Okorie Uguru - Publicity Secretary 1
Mr. Joesef Karim - Publicity Secretary 2
Alhaji Saleh Rabo rounded up his speech saying, “It is high time FTAN invested more in constructive engagements with Nigeria’s tourism stakeholders, including all tiers of governments and the organized private sector. This new Exco, under my leadership, would source funding and allocate resources to promote FTAN services across Nigeria, and at our tourist source markets abroad. We would aggressively deploy new media structures and also invest in other marketing programs such as foreign roadshows and international travel markets exhibition”.