Mr Muharram Abdel Rahman ( GM) Egypt air and Mrs Susan Akporiaye President NANTA with their teams during the visit to the airline in Lagos
The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA, says it is committed to collaborating with African airlines to achieving the projected 3.4 trillion dollars Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) rated Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) Initiative.
The body stated this during a courtesy visit to four African airline representatives in Nigeria in their offices in Lagos to unveil NANTA’s “Africa to Africa Tourism Promotion campaign”.
NANTA President, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye said with the expected liberalized free trade and duty-free enabled goods and services regime across African borders, the body believes that an organised trade and tourism market among African nations could change the economic narratives of the estimated 1.3 million population of African nations.
According to her, the advent of the African Union passport and collaboration with the airlines, would enhance and lubricate the promotion and marketing of the African tourism economy, create jobs in the process and engender peace and integration.
“AFCFTA presents a refreshing assessment of the tourism and aviation collaborations with African airlines at the forefront to exploit and boost Intra African trade, create travel and tourism jobs and improve the competitiveness of the unique African culture, indigenous crafts and tourism to the global community”.
Mrs. Akporiaye therefore called for a detailed and focal attention on African tourism within the AFCFTA agenda and with NANTA members, pushing the frontiers of its marketing and promotion.
She believed the airlines were a veritable partner, in the NANTA driven vision to create jobs across and within Africa region through intra continental tourism initiatives.
Responding, the airlines’ representatives all pledged to collaborate with NANTA on the campaign and would do the needful in truly letting Africans and Nigerians know more about African tourism.
They listed areas of collaboration to include,training, medical tourism, logistics and security.