Coronavirus: Tourism Association, FTAN Stand with Nigeria Health Agencies on Measures


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The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has called on all Nigerians and foreign travellers to fully comply with the Coronavirus preventive measures setup at the nation’s entry ports and other public places.

The organised private sector association of hotels, travel agents, tour operators in the country expressed confidence that  Nigeria’s health officials’ effort at containing the Coronavirus would be successful, and hopes that  it will not impact on the tourism world as to  scare leisure and business tourists from visiting Nigeria.

President of FTAN, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, said the FTAN is standing with health officials amid the Coronavirus challenge. He advised against Coronavirus scaremongering stressing said Nigeria is safe for tourism, both domestic and inbound.

Raboh spoke to reporters after FTAN Governing Council Meeting held in Abuja March 5,  2020. He said FTAN highly commends the relentless efforts of Nigeria health officials including the Port Health Services, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Federal and States Ministries of health.

He  revealed that FTAN has since intensified sensitization of her 23 federating member associations on the likely effects of COVID -19 in Nigeria’s travel and tourism businesses,  saying that  tourism and hospitality operators need to be extra vigilant and to fully deploy all the government advised Coronavirus preventive measures.

FTAN President said the Federation in Nigeria also supports the position of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) against the issuance of Travel Restrictions. He said issuing travel restrictions at this stage of Covid-19 would be counterproductive and could adversely affect the fortunes of tourism operators in Nigeria.

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