July 04, (THEWILL) – Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), have concluded all arrangements to host its 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and general election. FTAN is the umbrella body for tourism operators in the private sector.
According to the Acting President of FTAN, Nkereuwem Onung, the 24th edition AGM is billed for Thursday, July 8, 2021, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Onung, was erstwhile Deputy President until April when he assumed leadership of the federation following the demise of President, Alhaji Saleh Rabo. The AGM will be a watershed in the annals of FTAN, as it is expected to usher in a new era for the federation and tourism development. He further expressed delight at the prospect of the AGM, which he said is expected to bring together various stakeholders and members of the federation to deliberate on the affairs of the federation, periscope and pave a new path for Nigerian tourism development and promotion.
He said a befitting tribute would also be paid to Rabo, a renowned tourism operator, who served as the president of the federation between July 2017 and April 16, 2021. He said Rabo’s death was a great loss to the body and Nigerian tourism, therefore, the AGM which is the first to be held post his death, would be in his honor as his various contributions to the body, which he led for eight years, would be celebrated. Rabo’s tenure as two terms president would have ended at this AGM.
The gathering will be held at Rockview Hotel (Royale) in Wuse 2, and it is expected to draw the attention of various tourism associations and operators as well as allied sectors of the economy in the country, including the federal, state, and local governments, who are expected to attend the gathering in their numbers and make presentations on the state of their tourism development and promotion. The theme of the AGM is “Constitution review as it affects tourism development in Nigeria.”
Guests are the Director Generals of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe; Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Folorunsho Coker; National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (NIHOTOUR).