Posted by JUSTTOURS. The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Lagos State Chapter may have taken the bull by the horn. FTAN hopes to give direction to its members comprising of hotels, tour and cruise operators as well as other tourism-reliant businesses amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The private tourism operators will be at the driver’s seat of the maiden edition of the summit christened LATHACE 2021, which is “Lagos Tourism, Hospitality, Arts and Culture Economic Summit.” Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is expected to grace the meet which will be taking place at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos on Thursday March 25, 2021.
Lagos Chapter Coordinator of the group, Mr. Gbenga Sunmonu said the summit is the first of it’s kind, and its objective is to solve specific industry challenges.
Sunmonu also said at a conference in Lagos last week that the meeting will attract stakeholders from both the public and private sectors and that they plan to discuss issues that touch on Lagos tourism, hospitality, arts and the entertainment industries.
Representatives of relevant ministries and tourism operators will sit down to jigjaw and set up agenda for the way forward. Online portals will be opened by the various ministries for those who would want to register with them online.
According to the organisers, “LATHACE is a hybrid summit which will be both onsite and online with His Excellency Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Special Guest of Honour. The Guest Speaker, Mr. Olaniyi Yusuf, who is also Managing Partner for Verraki Partners, will be speaking on the theme: “Public Private partnership for sustainable growth of the Tourism, Arts and Culture for a greater Lagos”.
The Hon. Commissioner of Lagos State Tourism Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf is among the panelists that will address key issues in the industry. Chief Sam Alabi, Chairman of the Hotel Owners and Managers Association, Lagos is also highlighted as a discussant. Dr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo of Lagos State Ministry of Finance, and the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service Mr Ayodele Subair, are also expected at the summit.
The Vice President FTAN, South-West Zone, Otunba Ayo Olumoko said the summit is being organised at the right time as the industry had suffered the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the platform would enable the various stakeholders show a direction on the way forward for the industry.
Olumoko urged all stakeholders in the tourism industry to attend the summit by registering to attend online and through other social media platforms, for the live streaming. “This will chat way forward for the industry’ he said..
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