The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, mouthpiece of the private sector in the Tourism industry held its 22nd Annual General Meeting and Election on 11th of July, 2019 at the Ekiti Hall of Rosebud Suites and Apartments, Abuja.
The theme of the event is “Research And Advocacy As Tools For A Sustainable Tourism Development” presented by the Guest Speaker, CEO of AKWAABA Travel Market, Mr. Ikechi Ukoh.
The key note address was delivered by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture duly represented by the Deputy Director, domestic Tourism Department, Hajia Sanni Halima.
Dignitaries from who is who in Nigeria hospitality and tourism businesses were present that include all the Presidents of Associations under FTAN, Acting Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR,: Alhaji Momoh, Representative of the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mrs Theresa Maduekwe, The Board of Trustee Chairman of FTAN, Chief Samuel Alabi.
Herewith is the communique issued at the end of the deliberations;
It was established that
1. FTAN, being the umbrella body of tourism associations and practitioners, has a critical role in the establishment of sustainable tourism development in Nigeria.
2.The theme : “Research and Advocacy As a Tool For a Sustainable Tourism Development” is apt in the quest to move the sector to the Next Level.
3.FTAN should endeavour to participate actively in international and regional initiatives as well as organize events that would promote the integration of sustainable growth and development of the sector into government policies.
4.Tourism had helped in stimulating, consumption, promoting trade and enhancing international communication.
5.Tourism has become a major game changer for economics all around the world; popular industrialists and investors worldwide are interested in putting their money for long term investment.
6.The need for continued advancement both in the quality and innovation of tourism research cannot be overemphasised due to the industry‘s importance and growth.
7.FTAN member associations should device a means of funding the associations. The newly elected officers should put heads together to come up with sellable programs that will help sustain the association and not depend only on membership subscription.
8.The National Orientation Agency, NOA, will continue to advocate on behalf of the tourism sector in the need for policies that deals with the growth and that will be based on solid research.
9.It is observed that the Federal Government cannot set up a Federal Ministry of Tourism. This is because the 1999 Constitution, which is presently in use, places Tourism in the Residual Legislative. To achieve this, the Constitution needs to be reviewed.
10.In view of point 9 above, FTAN must find a way to strengthen and make the State Chapters more active. The States are more connected to Tourism than the Federal Government.
11.FTAN needs to review her membership status. There is need for total re-organisation of all the Organisations registered under FTAN. It is clear that some of the Associations exist only on paper. There is need to seek the interest of real Stakeholders that have the interest of the survival of the industry at heart. If FTAN have a few stakeholders who have resources to deploy this will be an end to the paucity of funds in FTAN.
12.The Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition being the only major annual of FTAN should be given priority. Efforts should be made to ensure that the event is sustained and improved upon. When this is done it get to the point that government will key into it to make it National event.
13.FTAN recommends that CBN should create a special fund which can be accessed by States where the National Parks and other low hanging fruits are located, for the purpose of developing them.
14.In order to address some of the decisions mentioned above, there is need for FTAN to call for a Stakeholders Conference where they will be critically x-rayed and find a lasting solution to them.
Election held saw Rabo Saleh Karim of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA)and incumbent National President, re-elected as a president.
Other elected executive members elected are Nkereuwem Onung as the first National Deputy President; Abiodun Odusanwo, second National Deputy President, Ayo Olumoko Vice President, South West; Nura Kangiwa, Vice President, North East; Ngozika Ngoka, Vice President South East; Badaki Aliyu, Vice President , FCT, Eugene Nwanzi, Vice President South South and John A. Adzer, Vice President, North Central
Also elected are, Ime Udo, Membership Secretary, John-Likita M. Best, Emeka Anokwuru, Membership Secretary, Okorie Uguru, First Publicity Secretary and Joseph Karim, Publicity Secretary.
They are elected and some re-elected to pilot the affairs of the body for the next two years.