Nigeria: Runsewe reiterates call for establishment of tourism development fund

Posted: March 29, 2012 in travel & tourism

Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has reiterated calls for the establishment of a Tourism Development Fund (TDF) to serve as pool for resources geared towards tourism development in Nigeria.

Runsewe made the call while receiving members of the executive council of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), Abuja Zone, led by the current vice president, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye at the offices of the NTDC at in Abuja.

Runsewe while assuring that the NTDC was working hard to see the realization of the Tourism Development Fund which is expected to signal a major boost in the growth of the tourism subsector in Nigeria stated that a lot of opportunities abound within the tourism industry in the country.

He however, regretted that a lack of understanding by practitioners on how the industry works remains a major setback in its growth and development.

He however assured that NTDC is committed to working with tourism and travel associations like NANTA and advised that travel agencies and tour operators should function in unison and coordinate their activities so as to eliminate quacks in the industry.

On its part, NANTA promised to redefine its role in the tourism industry with the help of NTDC reaffirming total cooperation with the corporation while agreeing to the fact that more needs to be done to encourage the flow inbound tourist traffic rather than streamlining the functions of tour operators to only selling tickets.

The NANTA spokesperson, Akporiaye used the opportunity of the visit to solicit NTDC’s assistance in the area of logistics as it prepares for the Annual General Meeting while appealing to the NTDC to continually involve NANTA members in the course of carrying out its mandate in regulating and promoting the tourism industry in Nigeria.

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