ITPN set for 2020 edition of National Tourism Transport Summit in Abuja

The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Ministry of Aviation, is set to host the third edition of the annual National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo.

This year’s edition of the summit and expo with the theme: Tourism and Transportation Connectivity and Mobility for Sustainable Growth and Development is scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from Monday, April 27, to Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

According to a release by the organiser of the event, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, “The tourism transport summit is created to deliberate on the complex relationship between transport provision and tourism in boosting the national economy.

He summit offers a unique opportunity to meet with regulators, decision makers, influencers, technocrats, investors and highly engaged delegates from tourism, aviation, maritime, railways, airport operations, road transportation, national and international travel and transportation organisations, including operators in the tourism and hospitality value chain.

As part of this year’s lineup of programmes, the presidency will be taking the lead at the event on the policy direction of the Federal Government while the mass transportation session will be led by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi with the support of the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki and the Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, will be the chief tourism host, leading the tourism and cultural sector.

Also the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika is expected to lead on the Aviation sector. Other sessions of the summit will include keynote presentations from captains of industry, international organisations and agencies under the federal ministries of transportation, information and culture.

The exhibition, business sessions will create an avenue for participants to engage in different public and private partnership investment opportunities as well as avenue for corporate organisations to showcase their products and services.

It will also provide a rare opportunity for high level government officials to discuss and get insight from both domestic and international investors fostering joint ventures, domestic and foreign direct investments.

According to the release, experts in the value chain sectors will be speaking on the following  themes of the summit; Tourism in a Hyper Connection World: Making Technology Work for the Tourism and Transportations Sectors; Potentialities of Developing Regional Inter-Connectivity in Africa; Inter-Modal Connectivity, Travellers’ Safety and Security; Development of Critical Infrastructure and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria-The Case of Tourism and Transportation Industries and Building Capacity for Global Best Practice in the tourism and transportation sectors, among others.

“The Tourism Transport Summit and Expo will kick off with the tourism transportation pageant on March 28, while the host city walk comes up on April 25, with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) office, at Area 1 Garki, Abuja as the take off point.

This will be followed with the awards and dinner/gala night in the evening of the Summit and Expo; April 28, 2020 at the Abuja International Conference Centre (AICC). The program will be rounded up with a host city tour on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

The events is expected to host 5,000 guests in an all participatory discourse aimed at chatting the desired synergy, collaboration and connective inter-play between the two sectors for maximum economic benefits of the country.

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