Nigeria set to host Tourism and Transportation Summit, Expo – ITP Boss

Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, convener of the summit.

Stakeholders in the tourism and transportation sectors will be converging in Abuja next month at the maiden edition of the National Tourism and Transportation Summit and Expo, scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, from May 21 to 22, with the theme “Tourism and transportation: key sectors for economic diversification, sustainable growth and development.”

The expo, which was revealed in a news conference in Lagos, is being put together to further strengthen the synergy in the tourism industry and promote tangible tourism activities in Nigeria.

The summit is being organised by the Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP), a professional body that awards certificates to qualified personnel.

Speaking to PEPLNEWS on the importance of this summit and the need for more awarding bodies in the tourism sector, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, the head of ITP said that: “ITP is giving everyone an opportunity to get certification and be better qualified in the tourism sector. With the institute, employers will be happier because employees will be better equipped and qualified and also have a certificate that is recognized locally and worldwide.”

The event offers a unique opportunity for key players in the tourism and transport sectors of the economy, investors and the public to engage in an all-inclusive discourse aimed at creating synergy, collaboration and connective inter-play between the two sectors for the maximum economic benefit of the country.

It would make regulatory and enforcement agencies, national, state and local government, to reappraise and have a better understanding of the importance of tourism and transportation to the economy, and their impact on employment generation.

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The summit is also expected to explore the relationship between all stakeholders, government at federal, state and local levels, international organisations, the private sector and communities, which is vital for achieving the objectives of sustainable tourism and transport development.


Chief Odusanwo and members of ANJET at the press conference in Lagos

The summit is coming on the heels of the 15th National Council on Transportation meeting held in Sokoto in August 2017, where the need arose to have collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Transportation and other government and non-government agencies, along with private stakeholders across the transportation modes, and the tourism and hospitality value chain for sustainable economic growth and development.

To this end, the ministers of tourism and transport are expected for the first time to form a synergy and explore the benefits that are derivable from the mutual link to create the environment for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Participants at the event would be drawn from key players in the transportation and tourism sectors such as air transportation, airlines, tour and travel operators, administrators of the aviation industry, maritime industry, sea transport, boats and sea cruise operators, major road transport owners, car hire services, Uber, NURTW, RTEAN, road traffic and safety agencies, including the Federal Road Safety Corps, and motor vehicle insurance companies.

Others are operators of tourism and hospitality establishments, including tourism resort operators, National Parks Services, museums and monuments, state tourism ministries and boards, festivals and tourism event managers, hoteliers, restaurants and fast food operators as well as service providers in the banking, oil and gas industries.