Mr Tomi Akingbogun President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, Mr Tomi Akingbogun, said the Association was working on plan to subsidise trips for youths to tourist sites across the country.
Akingbogun disclosed this in an interview recently in Abuja, stating that the plan was to encourage young people, especially students, to visit tourist sites in the country.
He further said that the Association was working with other tourism stakeholders and clubs in schools across the country to achieve the plan.
“We have gone round tourist sites in Nigeria and found out that some youths, especially students, have shown interest in tourism.
“However, they are not exposed to the means of patronising these sites such as the Obudu Cattle Ranch and other destinations. They cannot afford it.
“Therefore, we are working with other tourism associations and clubs in secondary schools and universities to subsidise trips to these sites for students who are interested in visiting the sites.’’
The FTAN president also said the Association would organise an essay writing competition on tourism for students in secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
He added that aside from the collaboration with societies and clubs on tourism to achieve this aim, the Association would carry out aggressive campaign against tourist sites’ abuse.
He said “we have gone far in planning the essay competition on tourism for students. The winners will go home with prizes.
“However, FTAN will start an aggressive campaign against tourist sites’ abuse; we will let the youths know that tourism contains a lot of renewable resources which are beneficial to mankind.
“We will educate Nigerians on how to maintain tourist sites by not throwing plastic bottles into water, defecating at the sites and killing of animals residing there.
“The country can make more money from animals which the developed countries do not have and tourists can come and see them in this country.
“The existence of animals at tourist sites and elsewhere also helps to balance the eco-system.’’ NAN

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