As Nigeria joins the rest of the World to celebrate the United Nations World Tourism Day, President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr. Nkerewuem Onung has emphasized the need for a strategic action plan which must bring tourism stakeholders together and create a project (s) that will be of benefit to all.
Mr. Nkerewuem made the remark while speaking to the journalists at the ongoing world tourism day celebration which is hosted by the Kebbi state government in collaboration with National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR).
The FTAN president noted that the Federation under his watch would work with the Federal government to ensure that industry operators and investors are not left behind in the focal agenda to reinvent the wheel of the tourism business in Nigeria.
” We are determined to bring something new to the table and also mindful of the fact, that the Ministry of Tourism and its ten agencies are pivotal to FTAN dreams, to ensure no industry player or viable cultural tourism projects are left behind or allowed to lay fallow'” Mr. Nkerewuem said.
He was of the view that government must help the industry back to its feet and regretted that the palliatives promised the industry associations and players are yet to be delivered and pointed out that government must through such intervention, prove that it cares and also appreciates the critical presence and job-creating values of the cultural tourism industry.
” I must commend the resilience and doggedness of the private sector for the rebound of the sector after the COVID-19 regulations ambushed its growth and also without help anywhere, with unforgettable lessons learned that time has come for us, government and the private sector to work together and not leave anyone behind.”
The FTAN President who noted that the celebration of UNWTO tourism day With the Theme; All-inclusive Tourism” was apt commended the Kebbi state government for taking up the financial burden to give Nigeria a podium to celebrate the global festival, thereby showcasing the rich Cultural and agro-tourism economy of Kebbi state noted for its rice pyramid.
He also commended some of the stakeholders including the Emir of Kebbi and state government for the investiture of Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture as the Kakaki of Kebbi, adding that the traditional and Cultural title bestowed on the Minister was well deserved.
Reporting by Chioma Ezike; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino