The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) have pledged commitment to the promotion and marketing of Nigeria tourism, this was disclosed during a meeting between the two organisations in Abuja recently.
The Director General of NTDC, Folorunsho Folarin-Coker: “We need to start within our domain, focusing on consumption of our assets, promotion and development of domestic tourism, which will create multiple effects on job creation and poverty alleviation.”
He emphasised that “tourism identity would go a long way to project the country positively but first, it must begin with us,” even as he stressed the need to package Nigeria for tourists within and outside the country while describing music, entertainment, fashion, cuisines and religion as part of good tourism assets the country is endowed with.
Folarin-Coker further said the intention of his administration to launch a campaign that would encourage people to “tour Nigeria, buy Nigeria, grow Nigeria,” which according to him, will propel tourism development in Nigeria.
On its part, the President of FTAN, Tomi Akingbogun, expressed the willingness of the federation to work with the government in the promotion of the tourism, saying, “FTAN is always willing and ready to contribute the development of the Nigeria’s tourism industry, to improve the lots of the nation and her great people.”
Akingbogun said the federation represented the voice of all tourism practitioners in Nigeria, and that it had discussed ways to stimulate tourism development through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. “We are focused more on transformation of domestic tourism in making Abuja a foremost tourism destination,” he said, describing Abuja as model for national development which would be replicated in other states.