Mohammed, Sirika, Amaechi, Runsewe & others, for Transport Tourism Summit and Expo 2019
As operators and different stakeholders in tourism and transport sectors converge in Abuja next week for the second edition of the Transport Tourism Summit and Expo 2019, the organisers have released an impressive list of specials and awards expected at the event that is focused on brainstorming on the interconnectedness between transportation and tourism and showcasing the best of the two worlds.
According to President of the Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP), the body in charge of the summit, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is expected to give the keynote address of the event, which has as a theme: ‘Tourism and Transportation Interdependencies for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’.
A host of government officials and practitioners across tourism and transport sectors have been announced as awardees for the gala and award night of the summit, which is billed to hold between April 29 and 30 at the International Conference Centre.
The list include: Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika; and Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman.
Other awardees are: The President and Founder of La Campagne Tropicana Beach resort, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye; Director Generals of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin – Coker, President/CEO of Transcorp Group Inc, Valentine Ozigbo, and Chief Samuel Alabi of Eko Hotels and Suites.
According to Odusanwo, the two days gathering will offer opportunity to forge the desired synergy between tourism and other vital lined sectors especially of transportation.
“Tourism and transport connectivity are critical issues relating to bridging transport and tourism policies while reaffirming the need for developing programmes of inter-ministerial cooperation between bodies responsible for tourism and transport so as to improve and strengthen the basic conditions for the sustainable development of both industries,” he said.
“The National Tourism Transport Summit is created to deliberate on the complex relationship between transport provision and tourism in boosting the economy of both sectors. Participants at the two-day event will be drawn from major key players and stakeholders in the transportation and tourism sectors from the international community in critical areas,” he added.