Pay attention to tourism, aviation, NANTA urges FG

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The Federal Government has been urged to pay more attention to the tourism and aviation sectors of the country as both have the capacity to transform the national economy.

Making the call in Lagos during a stakeholders’ meeting to announce measures adopted to grow the industry, the President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, Mr. Bernard Bankole, said that with the right type of support and investment from the government, tourism and aviation could provide dozens of jobs for young Nigerians.

While revealing that the association had adopted a unified identity system for all bona fide and registered travel agents in the country, Bankole said that with the cooperation of relevant government agencies and private organisations, quacks feeding fat on the ignorance of travellers would be flushed out of the system.

He stated, “In every part of the world, tourism has proven to be one of the things that has the greatest potential and as such, given adequate attention. While other countries create the settings that allow tourism to thrive, in Nigeria we are blessed naturally.

“We, therefore, urge government at all levels to do all they can to give tourism a priority as it has the potential to transform the country’s economy.

“As stakeholders in the tourism and aviation sectors of Nigeria, we are also coming up with strategies to improve the industry. One of such is our new identity system for travel agents in the country. The new system, fitted with latest technology, will not only ensure transparency and trust during transactions, but also add value to the economy. With government’s support, the industry will also create employment opportunities for more Nigerians.”

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