Nigeria tourism is globally competitive
Akingbogun described tourism in Nigeria as globally competitive, saying that his federation was working to ensure a reduction in operating tourism businesses in the country.
Akingbogun described tourism in Nigeria as globally competitive, saying that his federation was working to ensure a reduction in operating tourism businesses in the country. The President of the association, Mr. Tomi Akingbogun, made the announcement at the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election held in Abuja.
The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) said it was set to partner the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on private-public investments.
He said the association was also aspiring to partner ECOWAS to broaden inter-regional tourism trade and investments.
He advised the Federal Government to reduce multiple taxation and other business unfriendly policies.
The president said the federation would also collaborate with government agencies to promote tourism with a view to contributing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
He decried the low budgetary allocation to the tourism sector, saying that the development was due to non-availability of records of the sector’s annual contribution to the country’s GDP.
“The situation as we have it leaves a potential tourism investor with inadequate information as to areas of tourism products needing investment.
“We have over concentration of investments in some sectors, resulting in undue competition for limited customers while many areas of tourism are left underdeveloped.
Akingbogun called on private investors to be active in the effort to achieve the set goals of the association.
A former President of the association, Mr. Samuel Alabi, said that funding was a serious problem to carrying out the activities of the association.
He called for better cooperation and professionalism among stakeholders in the industry.
Alabi called on members and the new executive to work together and contribute to the growth of the association.
Reports say that the meeting was attended by stakeholders in the tourism industry, including Mr. Munzali Dantata, Director General of the Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.
Others at the meeting include members of the Hotel and Personnel Service Employers’ Association of Nigeria and the Hotel Owners Forum Abuja.
The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents (NANTA) and other associations, bodies, institutions and tour operators were also in attendance at the meeting.