The Africa to Africa Tourism Promotion iniative chiseled out of Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), by the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies ( NANTA), has opened up windows of profitable passengers capacity for Egypt Air.
The airline, which was among four African Carriers, RwandAir, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian airlines pooled by NANTA President, Mrs Susan Akporiaye three months ago, to kick start the innovative Africa to Africa Tourism promotion geared towards facilitating intra African trade and tourism, has seen its passengers traffic on the rise, since covid 19 slowed down travel business across board.
According to NANTA President, the cheerful report of patronage by NANTA members under the scheme, is instructive of the values of collaboration under Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) and to which the four airlines have committed to support through commercial aviation platform.
” I have received calls of appreciation from the management of Egypt Air, commending NANTA members for coming out with trade and tour groups since we birthed the agenda. Interestingly, all flights for shopping and holidays are headed towards Cairo and as the summer beckons, we expect Nigerians who are used to Dubai, to find Cairo a more better and inspiring alternative”. Mrs Akporiaye noted.
She reiterated that the Africa to Africa Tourism Promotion iniative by the association in collaboration with the airlines, would grow bigger and better, keeping the airlines busy and profitable all round the year, and NANTA members smiling to the bank.
” We are waiting for Kenya Airways to come up with their holiday brand, ditto RwandAir and Ethiopian airlines. Interestingly, RwandAir has reached us with its ambitious project and we at NANTA, will provide the needed support, particularly in getting them a window into Nigerian vast and virgin tourism market. We are waiting for Ethiopian airlines to address some concerns, otherwise, we are ready for the tourism trade revolution worth more than three trillion dollars.” She further explained
Mrs Akporiaye, praised the efforts of NANTA members leveraging on the initiative to remain afloat and survive the hash travel business climate brought about by covid 19 pandemic, which influenced global border restrictions, thereby impacting on airline ticket sales.
She called on other professional travel trade Operators on NANTA membership, to join in the campaign, and organise trade as well as tourism tours, instead of waiting on tickets sales alone, adding that Egypt Air has promised to offer visa assistance to those with group tours, pilgrimage and trade visits.
” It promises to be better for the airlines and NANTA members, as we partner and grow together. We shall soon make available to those still doubting the statistics of passengers growth capacity which our iniative contributed to profitablity of the carriers in these tough times.” Mrs Akporiaye disclosed.”