The Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federal Ministry of Transportation has concluded arrangements for the hosting of the second edition of the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo from April 29-30, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
However, the 2019 edition of the summit and expo has an international dimension hence its tagged International Tourism Transport Summit and Expo with the theme: ‘Tourism and transportation interdependencies for inclusive growth and sustainable development’.
The conference is been organized on the premise of the approval by the National Council on Transportation (NCT) at its meeting in Sokoto in 2017, as well as, the approval by the Federal Executive Council that the Institute for Tourism Professionals, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the Federal Ministry of Information, the organized private sector and non-governmental organizations should organize annually, a summit and exposition on transportation and tourism with the objective of deepening the connectivity between tourism and transportation for maximum inclusive growth and sustainable development of the Nigerian economy.
Participants at the two-day events will be drawn from major key players and stakeholders in the transportation and tourism sectors from the international community in critical areas such as the air transportation; airlines, tour and travel operators, administrators of the aviation industry; the maritime industry, which includes sea transport, boats and sea cruising operators; road transportation including major transport owners, car hire services, Uber, NURTW, RTEAN, Road Traffic and safety agencies including the FRSC, NPF, NSCDC, motor insurance companies; state transport ministries and agencies; rail transport services.
Others are operators in the tourism and hospitality industry including tourism resort operators, National Parks Services; museums and monuments, state tourism ministries and boards, festivals and tourism events managers; hoteliers, restaurants and fast food operators; conferences and events managers.
The Tourism Transport Summit and Expo programme will begin with the Host City Walk on April 27; The Tourism Transport Summit and Exhibition proper will hold from April 29-30, 2019 with B2B and G2B sessions; The April 30 events will be rounded up with the award and gala night; while the entire program will end with the Host City Walk on May 1, 2019.
Experts and professionals drawn from the academia, as well as, key players and stakeholders in the industries will deliver thought-provoking papers on carefully selected sub themes of the summit, which includes: Tourism in a Hyper Connection World: Making Technology Work for the Tourism and Transportations Sectors; Potentialities of Developing Regional Inter-Connectivity in Africa; Inter-Modal Connectivity, Traveller Safety and Security; Development of Critical Infrastructure and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria-The Case of Tourism and Transportation Industries and Building Capacity for Global Best Practice in the Tourism and Transportation Sectors, among others.
The events offer unique opportunity for policy makers, regulators, entrepreneurs, key players in both the tourism and transport sectors of the economy, investors, numerous esteemed customers and the general public estimated at 5,000 to engage in an all-participatory discourse aimed at chatting the desired synergy, collaboration and connective inter-play between the two sectors for maximum economic benefits of the country.