All is now set for the 44th Annual General Meeting, AGM of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA slated for Kano from 25th to 27th of March 2020.
The AGM with the theme: National carrier – A remedy to sustain tourism development and revenue generation will also be looking at the role of the Aviation industry in Nigeria’s economic development and the impact of technology on the nation’s travel business and emerging tourism sector.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lagos on Friday on the preparation for the elective AGM in Kano, the president of NANTA, Mr. Bankole Bernard stated that their AGM in Kano promises to live up to its established protocols in terms of quality attendance and discussions on notable industry issues.
Mr. Bernard noted that he has worked tirelessly with his team to showcase NANTA as the apex and very progressive private sector of the travel and tourism institution which is a feat unequalled in many ways.
On the impact of Corona Virus and other health related matter raging across the world, the NANTA president said the outbreak of the disease has affected their travel business negatively accounting for about 20 percent slump in their international bookings.
He added that NANTA supports the systematic approach of the health organization and the aviation agencies at the nation’s airports.
NANTA president also commended the airlines for standing strong at a period like this despite operational challenges initiated to address and halt the spread.
He said as president and team leader, he has roused NANTA with his team from near death and gave it vision and aspiration that has restored the dignity and future for travel trade professionals which has kept the entire tourism and travel sector in focus.
Bernard explained that as a team, they have sought and created partnerships across board, from their principal – the airlines trade facilitators, GDS, state, federal governments and certain relevant agencies that helped add value to its desire to remain relevant and innovative.
In his words: “Our AGM’s, both elective and non-elective were carefully programmed as informative and insightful gatherings, discussing industry matters that must drive the process of immediate and future engagements. We went continental and global in search of platforms to engage other deep facilitators within our trade environment, thus bringing Nigeria into focus and recognition by the global industry influencers. From Kenya, South Africa, Ghana to Spain, Germany, Turkey and other parts of Europe, NANTA under my watch carefully re-engineered the fertilization of global relationships which today has made Nigeria a destination to watch out for”.
NANTA boss explained that as drivers of the downstream sector of the aviation industry and critical facilitators of tourism end posts, they will look at how tax policies affect its interventions and presence, with a view of birthing new narratives on its pioneering engagements and ability to generate visible employment profile, given a workable tax regime with a human face.
Bernard pointed out that though they are yet to get the full empowerment of their various interventions, they are happy that NANTA members are no longer seen as fly-by –night operators, but serious professional contributors to the GDP and growth of the national economy.
He disclosed that the AGM will feature a keynote address on National Carrier: A Remedy to tourism and economic development by Mr. Sunil Kumar R, President United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations, (UFTAA) and panel discussion 1: On the Revenue Generation Potential of a National Carrier with Mr. Sunil Kumar of UFTAA, Mrs. Firiehiwo Mekonnen, Ethiopian Airlines general manager, Nigeria, Mr. Dusan Kostic, director , Europe Region & Global Delivery Centre, Madrid, Spain, Mr. Gilbert Yann, general manager, Amadeus Nigeria and Mr. Hassan Musa, Permanent Secretary , Federal Ministry of Aviation as Panelists.
Other topics to be discussed at the AGM include, Technology Hub: Cyber Threat/Crime- The danger for the industry by Mr. Tokunbo Taiwo, group chief technical officer, Digital Jewels Limited, Lagos and the Role of Aviation industry in Nigeria Economy Development, by Elder Dr. Gbenga Olowo, president, Sabre Network West Africa among others.