Tourism Devt: Lai Mohammed Seeks Collaboration With FTAN

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    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
    urged the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to
    collaborate with the Federal Government to advance tourism development
    and promotion in Nigeria.

    According to a statement signed by his SA Segun Adeyemi, the Minister, who stated this in Abuja on Monday when he received the newly-inaugurated council of FTAN on a courtesy visit to his office, said FTAN should consider itself as a partner, rather than as an adversary, of the government.

    “FTAN is the umbrella body under which every association involved in
    tourism resides. It is backed by law. FTAN is not just a voluntary
    association or an NGO, it is a major stakeholder in the tourism
    industry and from the membership of FTAN – ranging from tour
    operators, car hire Operators to hotel owners and professionals in the
    industry – you can see that virtually everybody that has a role to
    play in tourism comes under the umbrella of FTAN.

    ”That is why I always look forward to engaging with FTAN because I
    see them as a partner in our effort to move tourism forward,” he said.

    Alhaji Mohammed said tourism thrives through the involvement of
    government – which provides infrastructure and makes policies and
    regulations – the private sector and the community.

    He said the present administration is currently exploring a
    sustainable tourism development model, which ensures that the
    infrastructure and lifestyle of a particular community reflect the
    tourism opportunities being provided.

    “There is no point in having a five-star hotel in a one-star
    community. If you want to build a five-star hotel, you must also
    necessarily upgrade the infrastructure of the area but, most
    importantly, is that you must ensure the livelihood and lifestyle of
    the community is also five-star,” the Minister said.

    Alhaji Mohammed said the government will leverage on the expertise and
    network of FTAN to ensure the success of the African Tourism Ministers
    Meeting, to be held under the platform of the United Nations World
    Tourism Organisation in Abuja next year.

    In his remarks, the President of FTAN, Alhaji Rabo Kareem, said his
    delegation visited the minister in order to forge a synergy with the
    government, with a view to developing and promoting tourism in the
    country.

    “The private sector is one of the main arms of tourism development and
    promotion in the country, as such there is a need to have a very good
    synergy with the government so that we can operate on the same
    understanding and then we will be able to move the industry forward,”
    he said.

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