Travel agents advocate awareness programme to develop tourism

Posted: July 24, 2017 in general

SavedPicture-20161215151656.jpgNational Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) has called on the Federal Government, and stakeholders alike, to create an effective awareness programme in the tourism and hospitality sector to facilitate its growth.

President of NANTA, Mr Barnard Bankole, who made the call, Monday, in Abuja, stressed that government should also avoid interfering in businesses that can readily be run by the private sector while restricting itself to creating enabling environments for these businesses to grow.

“For tourism and hospitality industry to thrive and benefit the Nigerian economy there is need for the right awareness; the private sector has to drive the awareness creation supported by the government.

“The government is aware of the fact that tourism is capable of contributing positively to the growth of the country; the government needs us as their foot soldiers in tourism development.

“The government has different platforms for awareness creation, like radio, television and others; they should give us the opportunity to ride on these platforms to effectively sensitise Nigerians on the need to patronise local tourism.

According to the NANTA president, government can equally involve in a public private partnership arrangement regarding tourism sites across the country, even as he further stressed that private firms in developed countries were in charge of supplying guns, weapons and other products, wondering why such cannot be done in tourism in Nigeria.

“Government does not have business managing activities that can be handled by the private sector. Government’s business is formulating and regulating policies. The government should allow the private sector to drive some of the initiatives by allowing us create awareness; the same awareness they created about oil made oil what it is today.

“If we do not create awareness about tourism, it cannot grow to a remarkable level of development that would bring in more revenue for the practitioners and government respectively. In the oil sector, we have the likes of Mobile, Oando, Total, Forte Oil, and others; they are private companies; the government should help the tourism and hospitality sector to also flourish like them,’’ Bankole said.

He, however, said NANTA’s relationship with Ministries of Aviation, Information and Culture has improved significantly, describing it as a ‘sign of good things to come in the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors.’


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