The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA, is set to hold its 47th Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Abuja to discuss pertinent issues as its affects the aviation downstream sector.
This is just as the body has been endorsed by the South Africa Tourism to hold a hybrid multi-layer industry conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in partnership with the Tour Operators Union of Ghana, TOUGHA.
At a news briefing in Lagos, President of NANTA, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye said, the AGM to be held at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja will focus on areas of concern such as trapped funds, monopoly, unfair practices, border and visa issues and whole lot of emerging complexities.
According to the NANTA President, the one-day AGM, non-elective is scheduled to hold on April 25th, 203 with the theme:, “PROFESSIONALISM: A KEY TO SURVIVING AVIATION DOWNSTREAM TURBULENCE AND ITS EXPLOITATIVE EFFECTS”, will afford them the opportunity to learn from experts about areas of their business that must be addressed and improved upon.
“No doubt, the travel world is incredibly interesting but there are also areas of concern; such as trapped funds, monopoly, unfair practices, border and visa issues and whole lot of emerging complexities”.
Explaining further, she said, for that day, the sole speaker would be the Executive Vice Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, Mr. Babatundd Irukera, adding that, hey expect him to speak to them, not only on how they can confidentially protect their businesses and clients, but also on how to navigate challenges of foreign airlines trapped funds and its impacts on our businesses.
On the forthcoming tourism conference in South Africa, Mrs Akporiaye said, this is the first time African countries would be collaborating to open Africa to Africans, sell the continent tourism potentials.
She noted that, the aim of the gathering to be hosted by South Africa Tourism is that of using tourism to unite Africans like football which brings together people of different race, colour, language or country when matches are being played.
According to her, the conference would serve as a rally point for all Africans and attract other people of the world, adding that, the hosting of the event would be on rotational basis between countries who show interest to host list bidding for the hosting of the World Cup.
“Both bodies assembled the best faculty from the university of Johannesburg on tourism enterprise and related businesses, to help define and determine the immediate and future drive of the industry, its profitability, and challenges”.
She added, “This unique conference, which will be certificated, is open to individuals, organizations, and agencies in Nigeria and Ghana, particularly those with eyes on impacting positively on the growth and sustainability of the various value chains in the African cultural tourism economy”.
“We must appreciate and commend the management of South Africa Tourism (SAT), particularly their teams in Nigeria and Ghana for the special interest in our growth through knowledge based exposures and assistance to our clients wishing to visit, trade, and immerse in South African hospitality and culture”.
Akporiaye assured, “We no doubt hope to sustain the west coast tourism collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana after the South Africa outing”.