The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has called on the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to ensure effective coordination of agencies in the ministry and its associations.
A communique signed by FTAN Public Relation Officer, Mr Joesef Karim, on Tuesday in Abuja said the coordination would help to reduce the incidence of government and private tourism operators speaking at cross purposes.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the communique was issued at the end of the 5th Edition of the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum Exhibition (NTIFE) held in Abuja.
It added that it was incumbent on the Federal and State Government to collaborate with the private sector tourism operators to systematically increase the visibility of Nigeria’s domestic tourism destinations and products.
“In the light of 2013 Supreme Court judgment between Nigeria Tourism Development Cooperation (NTDC) and Lagos State, which stipulated that regulation of Tourism Services are the statutory right of the state governments”.
“FTAN hereby calls on the Federal and state governments’ collaboration with the organised private sector, to setup ‘Tourism Advisory Council’ for Nigeria.
“Such council will work towards the improvement of facilities in tourist destinations and the implementation of a common standard in the quality of tourist /visitor services provided in Nigeria.
“FTAN recommended that membership of the proposed Tourism Advisory Council should comprise of representatives of each of the 36 states governments in Nigeria.
“The representative of the FCT, NTDC and that of NIHOTOUR respectively as well as the organised private sector FTAN member associations, “it said.
The communique noted that Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and National Orientation, together with the state tourism departments should partner with private sectors to embark on massive national public awareness and promotional campaigns.
FTAN demanded that states and federal government tax and revenue generating agencies should coordinate to eliminate or reduce the rampant multiplicity of taxes, levies and other charges paid by hotels and travel companies in Nigeria.
It also implored governments’ tourism parastatals to involve private tourism business operators in the nation in the interest of a nationally integrated tourism development.
FTAN, therefore, appealed to government to commit more resources in constructing and repairing of inter and intra state roads, especially those leading to tourist sites.
“The cardinal principle of government is to serve the citizens and national interest.
“Nigeria tourism officials hardly ever wait to receive feedback from the tourism industry operators at a private sector tourism event.
“It is, therefore, no surprise that most Nigerian government tourism policies and programmes are characteristically disconnected from the real needs of Nigerian tourism investors, operators and tourists.
“In the future, FTAN will love to see the Minister of Information Culture and Tourism at the annual event of NTIFE.
“Attendance at such Nigerian tourism forum should be a matter of priority and national duty to tourism administration.
“FTAN is the only umbrella body for the organised tourism private sector in Nigeria, it comprises of the largest investors, operators and promoters,” it said.
The 5th edition of NTIFE was held in Abuja with the theme : An Insight into Legal Framework of Tourism’ in Nigeria” was organised by FTAN.( NAN)
Edited & Vetted By: Dorcas Jonah/Ifeyinwa Omowole
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