The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies has unveiled the Nigerian Travel Practitioners identify card to help identify members of the group.
The NANTA President, Bankole Bernard, said the idea of the identification card was to sanitise and decontaminate the downstream sector of the aviation industry.
He said NANTA believed the industry identity card would help in identifying all the practitioners in the travel industry and put a check on them by ensuring that there was a proper database of all the agents in the industry as well as help the government plan for the industry.
“In knowing the anomalies in the industry, the executive council of NANTA, the umbrella body responsible for all travel agencies in Nigeria, decided to think of a lasting solution to the industry that contributes billions of naira to the Nigerian economy. For instance, in 2017, a total of N504bn was contributed to the economy,” he said.
He said the association would work with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation to grow tourism and make the country a key destination to visit in Africa, adding that without travel, the efforts towards tourism would be futile.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Muhtar Usman, who was represented by the Director of Air Transport Regulations, NCAA, Edem Oyo-Ita, stated that the introduction of the industry ID card would bring sanity to the downstream of the aviation industry.
He advised the airlines to restrict their patronage to only members on the NTPIC data base.
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