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The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Federal Capital Territory Administration, the organized private sector and relevant organizations and critical stakeholders in the travel, tourism and transportation sectors has concluded arrangements for the hosting of the fourth edition of the International Tourism, Transportation Summit and Expo 2021.
With the theme: Tourism Transportation Connectivity and Partnership: Leveraging the AfCFTARegime for Economic Sustainability, the 2021 Summit and Expo is scheduled to hold on November 15 and November 16th, 2021 at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja the usual venue of the event since its inception in 2017.
The two-day programme which is expected to draw participants and exhibitors from the Travel Tourism, Transportation and the hospitality value chain amongst others across the African continent as well as representatives from the African Union (AU), the ECOWAS, etc. will consist of events such as *Tourism Transport Summit, *Tourism Transport Training, *Exhibition-B2B and G2B sessions, *Tourism Transport Ambassadors Award and *The Gala Night.
The choice of the theme for the 2021 edition of the International Tourism Transportation Summit and Expo, Tourism Transportation Connectivity and Partnership: Leveraging the AfCFTA Regime for Economic Sustainability, was informed and in line with the strategic framework for delivering on Africa’s goal for inclusive and sustainable development through accelerated Intra-African trade and to boost Africa’s trading position in the global market by strengthening Africa’s common voice and policy space in global trade negotiations.
This is based on an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area was adopted on March 21, 2018, which became enforced on May 30th, 2019.
In reaffirming the need for developing programmes of international cooperation within the African continent in order to improve and strengthen the basic conditions for the sustainable development of Tourism Transportation industries, the International Tourism Transport Summit for 2021 seeks to deliberate on the complex relationship between transport provision and tourism in boosting the economy of the continent via a single market for goods, services, facilitated by movement of persons and to deepen the economic integration of the African continent in accordance with the Pan African Vision of An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa
Organizers of the summit and expo also believe that tourism and transport connectivity are critical to bridging transport and tourism policies with the creation of a liberalized market for easy and free movement of goods and services.
National President of ITPN, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo disclosed that the event would help highlight and bring to the front burner, policy implementation modules developed for successive rounds of negotiation among trading partners of the African continent.
According to him, since its inception, the summit offers the unique opportunity to meet with national and international regulators, policymakers, operators and clients in the industry.
His words, “It equally offers participants the avenue to showcase and market their transportation and tourism services to more than a thousand relevant and highly engaged national and international cross-sectorial delegates from Aviation, Maritime, Railways, Airport Operations, Road Transportation, National and International Travel, and Mass Transportation Operators in the Tourism and Hospitality value Chain”.
The 2021 edition, he further stated seeks to further cover a much more wider participants and target audience in line with the regional integration efforts of the African Union and the ECOWAS which can become not only a reality but a positive socio-political asset to member nations and their citizens when transportation becomes efficient, safe, cost-effective and sustainable via the explorations of such platforms as is offered by the International Tourism Transportation Summit and Expo.