Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umoh Eno is expected to unveil his ‘ARISE agenda’ which aims at driving the state’s tourism industry to new heights, during the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) billed to hold at the Nicon Luxury Hotel,  Abuja on 20th July 2023.

The FTAN AGM 2023 will be the first official forum for the newly-inaugurated governor to unveil his master-plan geared towards raising significant investments in upgrading and developing tourism infrastructure in the Akwa Ibom State.

Governor Eno was sworn inaugurated into office on May 29, this year.

The governor who is also the FTAN AGM’s Special Guest, is expected use the forum to talk on how the ARISE agenda will propel Akwa Ibom tourism to new heights.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umoh Eno (left) with the National President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr. Nkereuwem Onung

According to FTAN, its partnership with the Akwa Ibom Government is strategic to achieving the ARISE agenda for the growth of the tourism industry in Akwa Ibom State.

It would be recalled that FTAN had announced earlier that Governor Eno will grace AGM on July 20, 2023.

National President of FTAN, Mr Nkereuwem Onung who disclosed this in a statement, said Eno’s promise ‘shows his openness to tourism promotion and development.’

Onung said the governor promising to be part of the AGM is a sign of better thing to come, adding that the governor’s move is a sign of readiness to not only give tourism a place in the scheme of things, but also rally and form alliance with the organised private sector to boost the tourism promotion.

The FTAN president assured that this year’s AGM is going to be an interesting one because the well-crafted theme; ‘Tourism: Today and Tomorrow- Setting Agenda for the New Administration,’ is timely and prompt to meet the trend of things in the country as Nigeria is experiencing a new face of leadership trend.

“Also to make the event grander, people engaging and a touch of sincerity of purpose, we added a sub-theme; ‘Community Involvement in Tourism Development: Building Partnerships for Sustainable,’ to create a B2B collaboration afterwards.”

Meanwhile, the ARISE agenda of the Governor Eno seeks to grow the state’s tourism industry through; “Enhanced Infrastructure: Significant investments in upgrading and developing tourism infrastructure in Akwa Ibom State.

“Sustainable Tourism Initiatives: By implementing eco-friendly measures, conserving natural resources, and protecting the region’s rich biodiversity, its stunning landscapes and unique ecosystems will be preserved for generations to come.

“Cultural Heritage Preservation: Akwa Ibom State boasts a wealth of cultural treasures waiting to be discovered.

“Destination Marketing and Promotion: Through strategic campaigns, collaborations with travel influencers, and participation in international tourism events, Akwa Ibom can be positioned as a must-visit destination, capturing the attention of travelers from around the globe.

“Community Involvement and Empowerment: By engaging local communities in the tourism sector, providing training and opportunities for entrepreneurship, and supporting local businesses, AKS can create a sustainable tourism ecosystem that benefits the people,” the state government said.

According to Eno, ‘with the ARISE agenda, Akwa Ibom State is poised to become a premier tourism destination, offering breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and unforgettable experiences.’

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