The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has stepped up preparations for its 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will feature election of a new national executive council for the federation, an umbrella body of all tourism associations in the country.

Speaking on the meeting, which is scheduled to hold on June 29 at NANET Suite, Abuja, at the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) Media Forum, the President of the federation, Tomi Akingbogun, said it is going to be a milestone event in the annals of the federation and Nigeria tourism industry.

According to him, all the federating associations, including government officials and private operators in the allied industries are expected to attend the meeting with the theme: ‘Financing as a catalyst to a sustainable tourism development,’ with key speakers slated to address the issue of funding for tourism, which he said is the bane of developing and marketing the tourism industry.

Akingbogun, said he would used the occasion to give account of his leadership of the federation in the last four years having served two terms of two years each. He disclosed that a lot of achievements were recorded during these four years despite the challenges that the federation had to contend with.

Besides celebrating the milestones of his regime, he promised members an exciting and fulfilling time during the one day AGM with many activities line up, including set up a clear roadmap for the federation by raising the bar of tourism while promising a free and fair election.