NAFEST 2020: NANTA
President Lauds NCAC
* Pledges support for tourism development in Plateau State
(By Udeme Clement):
The President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Susan Akporiaye, has commended the very progressive and global marketing profile advanced by National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), to facilitate re-branding of Nigeria’s Cultural products and festivals.
Speaking at the sidelines of the just concluded one week national festival in Jos, Plateau State, Mrs Akporiaye stated that NCAC under Otunba Segun Runsewe, has proven beyond doubt that Nigeria has all it takes to welcome visitors and above all, put together Cultural tourism events that can compete favourably with others globally.
” It is very exciting and heart-warming to see how our cultural tourism products, fashion and history are carefully articulated and presented. Otunba Segun Runsewe has given us hope and provided us tourism products to market and promote.
“We at NANTA commend this intervention and invitation to support, create jobs and empower our members” she explained.
Mrs Akporiaye, who was one of dignitaries saddled with the responsibility of presenting medals and certificates to delegates and others deserving of special awards, further explained that time has come for tourism, Culture and Hospitality Practitioners to take advantage of various festivals and Cultural platforms packaged by NCAC, not only to attract both local and International visitors but create additional streams of job openings and income.
“We can’t pretend that government is not doing anything to help us. Under NCAC, we have veritable Cultural tourism products in Nafest and International Arts and Culture expo (INAC), so we must put on our thinking caps, get out of our state of self pity and do the right thing.” She added
The NANTA President, promised to mobilise over fifteen thousands member strong associations to brace for the refreshing development in view of the new normal challenge, which has cut down on International travels.
“NANTA is pleased with what Otunba Segun Runsewe, is doing at NCAC and will work with him to create a sustainable tour package and at the same time, work out new normal marketing opportunities with State governments to power rural Cultural tourism economy, to the advantage of women and youths.
” Jos is certainly beautiful and many stories of insecurity exaggerated. We at NANTA have a role to play, to be part of efforts to rebrand Nigeria as a destination. The city of Jos is very pleasant, temperate and the hospitality industry thriving and promising.
” Time has come for us to find the connection and we are glad Otunba Segun Runsewe has shown us the way” she added.