Posted by JUSTOURS News The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), the organised private sector tourism body in the country, has inaugurated its South-West Executives to coordinate the affairs of Lagos and Southwest geopolitical zone.
The inauguration, which was done through a virtual meeting, authorised certain tourism operators to run the affairs of the South-West zone and to also liaise with governments and relevant state authorities in furthering the tourism agenda of the group as well as not promoting and bringing about better ways to explore and promote the huge tooyrisn potential for the benefit of the host communities and other stakeholders.
The new executives for South-west FTAN includes
Chairman: Kolade Julius Tunde (Vice President FTAN), Vice President: Yinka Folami, Secretary: Sam Adeleke, Treasurer: Adeniyi Ologunamuyi Membership officer: Hon. Saheed Babatunde Lawal, Lagos State Coordinator: Mrs Ime Udo.
Others are Ekiti State coordinator: Dr. Abioye Adedibe, Ogun State coordinator: Ibraheem Kukoyi, Osun State coordinator: Olutokunbo Dagunduro and Ondo State coordinator, Funmi Rotiba.
Speaking during the zoom meeting, the President of FTAN, Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, said the inauguration is timely and will activate the new agenda of the new FTAN executives at reinventing the promotional architecture of tourism in Nigeria and to give boost to the domestic tourism engagement of states. He hopes the Exco will help to make the public and private sector engagement a sustainable one.
Onung is optimistic that the South-west Council will bring the agenda of the Federation close to the public sector viz-a-viz opening each state’s hidden and untapped tourism potential for not only domestic patronage but to also the international market.
Onung congratulated for answering the national call in making tourism a mainstay of the nation’s economy.
The president also reflected on the World Tourism Day celebrations slated for September 27, 2021.
He said: “We are aware that Kebbi State is hosting the event, but we are yet to know the role we (FTAN) are to play.
On the recently announced Nigeria hosting rights of 2022 United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s regional /CAF meeting, Onung expressed his optimism, noting that the opportunity is an opportunity for Nigeria to upscale its relevance as a serious tourism nation, thus positioning herself among the tourism-friendly nations.
“This is another opportunity to get it right and also do everything within our reach to not only create a tourism content out of the event, but also to explore it for the benefit of the tourism stakeholders.”
The Chairman Board of Trustee of FTAN, Chief Sam Alabi congratulated the South West Exco. He urged the members to carry out the federation’s obligation assigned to them effectively and to bring out the best in each state. Contact us: email@example.com