FTAN advocates setting up of Tourism Advisory Council

To ensure a coordinated and result oriented development in the tourism sector, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has called for the establishment of a Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) while it also urged for a seamless partnership between it and the Ministry of Information and Culture and the various tourism agencies under it.

These and many others are contained in the communique released by the body, which is the apex tourism body for the private sector operators, at the end of its yearly tourism investment and exhibition event tagged; Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) 2019, which held in the course of the week in Abuja. In the eight-point communique signed by its president, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, FTAN said due to the 2013 Supreme Court judgment, which gave state government powers on tourism-related matters, thereby reducing the power of the federal government and its ministry and agencies to mostly immigration and tourist arrivals, the only way round the logjam is to set up a Tourism Advisory Council for Nigeria.

According to FTAN: “The Tourism Advisory Council members should cooperatively work towards the improvement of infrastructure at tourist destinations and coordinate the implementation of a common standard in the quality tourist/visitor facilities and services provided across Nigeria.

“To this end, we recommend that membership of the proposed Tourism Advisory Council should comprise of representatives of each of the 36 State Governments in Nigeria, a representative of the FCT, a representative of the NTDC and that of NIHOTOUR, and representatives of the organized private sector, i.e. FTAN member associations.”

On domestic tourism, FTAN called for effective collaboration between the government and private sector operators in order to: ‘‘Embark on massive domestic tourism public awareness and promotional campaigns.

 

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