Arrangements have been concluded by the Ondo State government to collate data that would be useful for private organisations interested in promoting tourism in the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mrs Boladale Akinyanmi disclosed this while playing host to the executive members of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Ondo state chapter, at the Ministry’s office complex, in Akure, the State capital.

Mrs Akinyanmi reassured of the state government’s readinees to do business with any serious private organisation, with genuine interest in the promotion of tourism in the state, noting that the ministry was available to render useful assistance.

The Permanent Secretary who observed that the effect of COVID-19, insecurity and poor infrastructure have contributed to low tourists activities in the country and across the globe, urged the members of the association to consider emergencies while drawing their plans.

She encouraged them to reduce financial obligations which many have considered as a factor that makes people run from joining associations, urging them to do everything within their power to increase membership participation and make all the bodies under them function effectively.

“You need unity to work together as a responsible association that’s ready to promote tourism in the State. Since it is your interest to promote tourism across the country, we will do our best to identify with you and render the needed assistance.

“Try to revitalise your think-tank capacity to ensure that unplanned natural occurrences like COVID-19 and other factors do not prevent you from achieving your mandate.
Ondo State is known for its various tourists attractions and we are glad that it interest you to promote them, we are ready to give you the necessary support.”

Earlier, leader of the delegation and the State Coordinator of the Association, Mr Olugbenga Omotayo said the association was an umbrella body of the various private sector in the tourism business in Nigeria.

According to him, about 23 registered bodies are under the association which was created in 1997 by the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism with the mandate to bring together, organised private sector in the tourism and
culture sector in Nigeria.

He sought the government partnership as the vision of the association was to grow the domestic tourist sector and to position Nigeria as the leading business tourist destination in West Africa.

‘Our mission is to set up and execute a robust tourism business plan, based on the principles of sustainable tourism development, leading to more accessible tourist destinations, improvement of visitor facilities and establishment of amenities, unique to Nigeria for Tourists enjoyment.” He explained.

In attendance were the Director of Tourism, Mr Adeola Aderinola; Deputy Director of Tourism, Mr Bello Olusanya; Secretary of the Association, Mrs Opeyemi Bademosi-Ekunpa; Treasurer, Mr Oloruntoba Solomon; Special Adviser, Mrs Racheal Akintide-Abisola; Intergovernmental Relations Officer, Mrs Yewande Olowookere; PRO, Mr Alex Akinrimoye and the Membership Secretary, Mr Salawudeen Al-Hassan.

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