Tourism, transportation expo returns for season four
All is now set for the fourth edition of the International Tourism, Transportation Summit and Expo.
Organised by the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Federal Capital Territory Administration, the organised private sector and relevant organisations and critical stakeholders in the travel tourism and transportation sectors, the event will hold under the theme, Tourism Transportation Connectivity and Partnership: Leveraging the AfCFTA Regime for Economic Sustainability.
Scheduled to open on Tuesday, November 15 and runs till Wednesday, November 16, at the Abuja International Conference Centre, the choice of the theme for the 2021 edition of the summit is in line with the strategic framework for delivering on Africa’s goal for inclusive and sustainable development through accelerated Intra-African trade and to boost Africa’s trading position in the global market by strengthening Africa’s common voice and policy space in global trade negotiations. This is based on an Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area adopted on March 21, 2018, and became enforced on May 30, 2019.
In reaffirming the need for developing programmes of international cooperation within the African continent in order to improve and strengthen the basic conditions for the sustainable development of tourism and transportation industries, the 2021 expo seeks to deliberate on the complex relationship between transport provision and tourism in boosting the economy of the continent via a single market for goods, services, facilitated by movement of persons and to deepen the economic integration of the African continent.
Organisers of the Summit and Expo also believe that tourism and transport connectivity, being critical issues relating to bridging transport and tourism policies and the creation of a liberalised market for easy movement of goods and services, the event will help highlight and bring to the front burner, policy implementation modules developed for successive rounds of negotiation among trading partners of the African continent.
The Two-day programme, which is expected to draw participants and exhibitors from the Travel Tourism, Transportation and the hospitality value chain amongst others, across the African continent as well as representatives from the African Union (AU), the ECOWAS, etc, will consist of events such as Tourism Transport Summit, Tourism Transport Training, Exhibition-B2B and G2B sessions, Tourism Transport Ambassadors Award and Gala Night.