The pioneer members and stakeholders of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) have reiterated their commitment saying, they will support the development of tourism in Nigeria. Speaking at the 20th anniversary of FTAN, Mrs Josephine Anenih, said even though some of them are retired, they will not be tired of responding to the need of tourism boom if need be. She said, “FTAN was established by strong and dedicated men, though, it is not an easy task but we are moving tourism and soon it will be the next income earner for Nigerian because it is an inexhaustible source unlike oil that can dry up or finish at any time.
She further acknowledged the efforts of the youth in tourism adding that both she and other tourism stakeholders, will be available to further promote tourism in Nigeria. Also speaking at the occasion, former president of the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN) and Nigeria’s Father of Tourism, Chief Mike Amachree, commended the organisers of the awards and gala nite for the gesture and said it would encourage practitioners to do more for the industry. “This tourism awards in Lagos, by FTAN, is capable of spurring our practitioners to source more tourists from Europe, America, Asia and Africa to Nigeria and improve on domestic tourism.
This will increase our foreign exchange earnings, boost domestic trade, industries and provide employment for the masses, Chief Amachree said. Among the awardees are the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Mr Goodie Ibru, Chief Mike Amachree, Chief Mrs Jusephine Anenih, director general, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko, chief executive officer of Jemmy Alade Tours, Mr Jemmy Alade, chief executive officer, Tarzan Jetty and Boat Service, Mr Ganiyu Sekoni Balogun, Chief Samuel Alabi, president, Webisco International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Tourism of Nigeria, Mrs Margret Fabiy, CEO Topcomm, Ogbeni Tope Awe, Mrs Fatima Gabati, among others.
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