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Preparation heightens as Abuja 2019 international tourism transport summit, expo beckon


The Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federal Ministry of Transportation has concluded arrangements for the hosting of the second edition of the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo, which is scheduled to hold from Monday, April 29 to Tuesday 30, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

This year’s edition of the event, however, has an international dimension, hence it’s tagged International Tourism Transport Summit and Expo with the theme: ‘Tourism And Transportation Interdependencies For Inclusive Growth And Sustainable Development’.

According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Chief Biodun Odusanwo, the conference is being organised on the premise of the approval by the National Council on Transportation (NCT) at its 2017 meeting held in Sokoto, as well as the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) that ITP in collaboration with the Federal Ministries of Transportation, Information, Culture and Tourism, the organised private sector and non-governmental organisations should organise annually a summit and exposition on transportation and tourism with the objective of deepening the connectivity between both for maximum inclusive growth and sustainable development of the Nigerian economy.

He explained that participants at the two-day event will be drawn from major players and stakeholders in the transportation and tourism sectors from the international community in critical areas such as the air transportation — airlines, tour and travel operators, administrators of the aviation industry; the maritime industry, which includes sea transport, boats and sea cruising operators; road transportation including major transport owners, car hire services, Uber, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Road Traffic and Safety Agencies including the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), motor insurance companies; state transport ministries and agencies, and rail transport services.

Others are operators of tourism and hospitality facilities such as tourist resort, national parks services; museums and monuments, state tourism ministries and boards, festivals and tourism events managers; hoteliers, restaurants and fast food operators; conferences and events managers, as well as service providers in the banking, oil and gas industries.

According to him, the summit will begin with the host city walk on Saturday, April 27. This would be followed by the exhibition proper from Monday, April 29 on Tuesday, April 30 with B2B and G2B sessions. The summit will climax on Tuesday with a gala night /award ceremony, while another host city walk holds on May 1.

Odunsanwo also explained that thought provoking papers on carefully selected sub-themes of the summit, which includes: Tourism in a Hyper Connection World: Making Technology Work for the Tourism and Transportations Sectors; Potentialities of Developing Regional Inter-Connectivity in Africa; Inter-Modal Connectivity, Traveller Safety and Security; Development of Critical Infrastructure and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria-The Case of Tourism and Transportation, and Building Capacity for Global Best Practice in the Tourism and Transportation Sectors.

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