The Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) FCT/Northern Zone will be hosting tourism, hospitality and travel Stakeholders during a groundbreaking round-table session and dinner at Sheraton Hotel Abuja on September 19, 2022.
Speaking at a media chat with journalists, the Vice President (FCT and Northern Zone) of the Association, Ms Cecile Mambo Doumbe expressed delight towards the dawn of a new era under the new leadership of the National President, Mrs Ime Udo, and a positive energy in placing it on the functional pedestal it once had.
Doumbe said the program is very keen for NATOP FCT/Northern Zone and the reason for the gathering of the big wigs and stalwarts of the tourism industry towards creating value for tour operators in Nigeria”
“The event will also be an avenue for Stakeholders to network, brainstorm on how to identified our market, researched the competition, developed a suitable business plan and come up with a unique brand identity for NATOP”, Doumbe stated.
Notable personalities expected at the event are Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), 2022 Mr Folorunso Coker, Director General, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, President of Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkereuwem Onung, National President, Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Mrs. Ime Udo, among others.
Other things highlighted as key components of the event are the need for domestic tourism development where all hands must be on deck, also on inbound and outbound tourism advancement.
“There are factors deterring the growth of domestic tourism in Nigeria, and the private sector as stakeholders possesses the technical prowess to drive and fashioned a way out of it. The event is therefore aimed at providing requisite knowledge of tour operators by interaction with versed resource persons at the forum”, Doumbe concluded.