NATOP marks World Tourism Day with roadshow, media parley
As part of activities to mark this year’s World Tourism Day, the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), yesterday organized a road shows in Abuja, with appearances at some select media organizations in Lagos.
Though the ongoing workers strike, which has grounded activities at major offices in Abuja, affected the turnout of the event, the association went ahead with the planned roadshow, which aims at promoting tourism in Nigeria.
Hajia Bilkisu Abdul, President NATOP, explained that “the decision to do a roadshow in Abuja and Media parley in Lagos with select top media houses in the country is in line with the World Tourism Organizations’ theme for 2018, which is Tourism and the Digital Transformation.”
The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the center of World Tourism Day 2018.
Celebrated every 27 September around the world, the World Tourism Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.
This year’s celebration helped to put the opportunities provided to tourism, by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence, and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector. Read more here
Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment, and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda. This is one move we support and encourage all travel stakeholders to uphold
US Embassy in Nigeria Funds Rock Arts Preservation
The United States of America has continued to show its appreciation and support of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and tourism assets. This is contrary to the popular perception that the current United States administration, led by President Donald Trump, has no regards for African values and treats Africa nations with disdain.
Specifically, on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of $125,000 grant to promote Nigeria’s rock art.
The project funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation seeks to create awareness of the importance of rock arts and ensure proper documentation, provision of basic infrastructure and its preservation.
The MoU was jointly signed by the U.S., Trust for African Rock Art (TARA), National Commission for Monuments and Museums (NCMM), University of Calabar (UNICAL) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, said that the signing of the MoU marked a turning point for some of the rock art that Nigeria is endowed with.
Symington said: “what we want to do is to make sure that Nigeria’s patrimony and the extraordinary museum collections are cumulated by people who know everything about museums. Read more here
Partnerships are important to bring progress and this is partnership meant to preserve the heritage monolith and other artifacts would further enhance the preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage.
The US government is right for doing this because this gesture is in line with the Federal Government’s 6 point agenda for diversification of the nation’s economy from crude oil and gas.
Nigerian airlines have only 45 active planes, fly 3m passengers in six months
According to the Consumer Protection Directorate of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the decrease is due to the current economic hardships in the country, which is affecting air travels adversely.
Domestic airlines in Nigeria lifted a total of 3,287,310 passengers in the first six months of this year, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The figure, however, represents a 21 percent decrease, compared to the 4,193,862 passengers airlifted within the period last year. According to the Consumer Protection Directorate of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the decrease is due to the current economic hardships in the country, which is affecting air travels adversely.
Records obtained from the NCAA show that only 45 airplanes are currently in active service out of the 74 planes in the fleet of the eight domestic airlines servicing Africa’s most populous nation at present.
The airlines are Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Azman Air, Dana Air, Med-View, Overland, First Nation, and Air Peace.
The top three performing domestic airlines in the first half of this year are Air Peace, which leads the performance chart with 6,715 flights, Arik Air 4,069 flights, and Dana Air 3,261 flights.
But the flights operated by the airlines also declined by 28 percent as they were only able to operate 21,662 flights in the first half this year.
The eight airlines collectively operated 30,100 flights within the first six months of 2016, according to NCAA records. Read more here
365TravelPlan Says :
The alarming drop in the number of flights operated by the airlines and the steady depletion of airplanes in the fleet of the airlines is something the government and its regulatory agencies need to look into.