Umbrella body of private sector practitioners in the travel and tourism industry, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has unveiled a roll call of speakers to present papers at its 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM), billed to hold in Abuja on July 21.
According to President of the association, Mr Nkwereuwem Onung, the AGM, which is a non-elective one, will have a keynote speaker and panel session that will focus on the Nigerian tourism sector.
There will also be a business session at the one-day event slated for the Rockview (Royale) Hotel in Abuja.
Onung further revealed that it is pertinent to examine performance of the sector and set agenda for both the government and the private sector that would serve as a springboard and guide for the new administration that would come on board in 2023.
To this end, he said the theme of the AGM has been tagged; ‘Tourism in Nigeria: The Way Forward.’
Onung added further that guest speakers from both the public and private sector with diverse backgrounds and expertise in tourism are expected to proffer solutions to identified challenges, which at the end of the meeting will form part of FTAN’s blueprint to be widely circulated for the benefit of the operators in the sector.
Expected speakers for the private sector panel include: Mrs. Justina Ovat, who is the president of Women in Hospitality and vice president, South South, FTAN; Mrs. Victoria Akai, the Director General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Adedayo Adesugba, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus 318, Hospitality Management and Investment Limited; Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, president, Institute of Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN); and Dr. Adun Okpe, Senior Advisor, Red Clay Advisory.
While leading the public sector panel will comprise: Mr. Folorunsho Coker, the Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC); Mrs. Patricia Narai, Director of Domestic Tourism, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture; Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, the Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR); Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile – Yusufu, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; as well as Mrs. Tamwakat Weli, the Plateau State Commissioner for Tourism.