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FTAN, FCT tourism investment forum holds this month

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 The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), in collaboration with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA), has concluded arrangements to organise Nigeria’s first tourism investment forum.

The event slated for May 21-22, 2013 will hold at the prestigious Ladi Kwali Hall of Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

According to Samuel Alabi, president, FTAN, the main objective of the programme is to enable stakeholders to discuss and address the issue of funding as a vital element to the development and maintenance of tourism products and destinations that can induce creation of new tourism frontiers.

Other reasons advanced by Alabi which necessitated the forum are: to showcase the potentials of the tourism sector to the economic development of Nigeria; to organise as well as promote local tourism products and destinations to Nigerians before taking same to the international market; to strengthen relationship between the tourism investors and their services/products providers.

The two-day event will feature a seminar and exhibition and is expected to proffer a new direction for the tourism industry, most critically the much-talked about “Tourism Intervention Fund” which is yet to see the light of day.

Participants are expected from federal agencies, states, airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, among others. FTAN president assured that necessary contacts are still being made within and outside the sector to ensure that the issue of intervention fund is given the deserved attention. He said the earlier information made available by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved a fund, but without government seed money as is done for many other sectors, will be counter-productive.