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27th March, 2013.
Members of the Association of Nigerian Tourism Journalists and Travel Writers (ANJET) with some patrons and stakeholders during the inauguration and presentation of certificates at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos recently.

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The renewed effort to champion domestic tourism promotion came alive as the Association of Nigerian Tourism Journalists and Travel Writers (ANJET) convoked at Eko Hotel and Suites, VI, Lagos State, Saturday, to chart a new way for the industry.

The association, which went on sabbatical, came back eight months ago with a view to join force with the stakeholders, to visibly and practically reassume position as the watchdog of the tourism industry vis-a-vis playing its advisory and agenda setting role in Nigeria.

Last Saturday, the members of ANJET and stakeholders in the public and private sectors, representing the travel, hospitality and allied tourism sector gathered at the Eko Hotel and Suites to honour the new patrons of the association.

The ANJET patrons include, Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, wife of Governor of Cross River State, Mrs Obioma Imoke, Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Chief Goodie Ibru, Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Dr Munzali Dantata, President, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Chief Samuel Alabi and Chief Alobo Mike Amachree.

Speaking at the event, the protem President, Mr Okorie Nguru thanked the guests and patrons for attending the first outing after the regrouping of ANJET and assured all and sundry of a new association with a firebrand mission to support and re-engineer the process of making tourism a Nigeria project.

We'll continue to support ANJET- Runsewe
The Director-General, NTDC, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, who was represented by the corporation's South-West Zonal coordinator, Alhaji Adekunle Kaka assured the association that the NTDC will in its capacity as the apex tourism authority support every positive and proactive group that have genuine interest in tourism.

"We at the NTDC will continue to support the interest of ANJET and its goals to see that the industry attain its desire height and status."

Let's be focussed to promote tourism in Nigeria-FTAN president
The President of Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Alabi admonished the members of ANJET to be committed to the national call, by giving their best at all time in setting on tract a model for the tourism industry.

"The FTAN president, called on ANJET to shun any element that may distract members from progressing as a group, adding that the step taken to form a forum is not only a turning point for the association, but also what the industry players yearn for.

Alabi, however, assured the members of ANJET of his unflinching support to see that the association actualises his mission as tourism educators.

While thanking the association for recognising him as one of the patrons of the ANJET, Alabi said there is more to do in the industry rather than fighting one another.

ANJET has come a long way in Nigeria-Munzali
Speaking after his inauguration, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Dr Munzali Dantata, thanked the association for making him one of the patrons of ANJET, according to him, ANJET has taken another bold step, which is an encouragement to us in the tourism industry.

"ANJET have come a long way in the history of tourism promotion and development in Nigeria, which is a credit that must be given to the members who contributed their time to build the body before the sabbatical leave.

"However, now, that they are regrouping to chart a way forward, we are happy and ready to partner with them in any area that will promote the interest of the tourism industry."

ANJET built tourism structure in Nigeria- Uko
The coordinator Naija 7 Wonders and organiser, AKWAABA Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko, in a brandishing euphoria said the regrouping of the ANJET is a welcome development to the tourism industry, according to him, "ANJET is the bedrock on which the tourism industry stand because the association built every structure we have today in Nigeria.

"I was very happy to see that we are on track again at this time when tourism is getting acceptability and witnessing new trend in market conceptualisation, promotion and development.

"The regroup is necessary because they are the builders of the tourism industry in Nigeria and now that all seem to be experiencing a margin of step up in some area, they have to brace up to grow and benefit from it.

"So it was a good thing that they came together to strengthen and actualise the private and public partnership drive through their constructive criticism and agenda setting responsibility.

Shun professional jealousy, Meke charges members
One of the frontline promoters of tourism in Nigeria and an ardent tourism columnist, Mr Frank Meke in his interjected speech called on members to see the regroup as a rebrand move to better the industry through practical commitment and sincerity of purpose.

"I implore every member in the spirit of unity and progress to shun anything that may promote professional jealousy. Let us be focussed and follow the new path to champion a new course for tourism in Nigeria."

It is a new dawn - Fadipe
For the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State, Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Ashamu Fadipe, the forum was a new dawn for the members of ANJET and the tourism industry.

According to him, "the decision will bring back the glorious past of vibrancy in the industry as he also acknowledged the vacuum created while ANJET was on sabbatical."

ANJET outing is a landmark-Balogun
The Chairman of Tarzan Boat Services and Jetty, Mr Ganiyu Sekoni Balogun, who was also one of those inaugurated as a patron of the association was elated not only by the recognition given to him, but happy to witness the first landmark outing of ANJET since the association regrouped over eight months ago.

The boatman who described ANJET as the only and foremost tourism and travel association that has put stakeholders on their heels in terms of encouragement and way forward through agenda setting added that its activities could be traced to promoting genuine tourism for over two decades.

"In Nigeria today, ANJET as a group is a formidable force that still stand as a threshold to stakeholders' businesses and we are happy a new wind is blowing and we know the new step taken by the group will bring good tidings to the industry.

"Our business depend greatly on the association because we, by all standard depend greatly on their expertise and advice on moving ahead in the tourism industry."

Written by: 'Wale Olapade (ANN)

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