The interim National President of the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN) announced yesterday during a virtual event, the appointment of 6 interim zonal coordinators for ATPN pending an elective AGM later in the year where new executives will be elected to run the affairs of the association. The appointed interim zonal coordinators are Prince Oluwafemi Fadina of Jethro Tours (South West); Musa Sunusi Ahmad of Smart Outliers (North West); Juliana Tongrit of Orit Travel & Tours (North Central); Ugwu Wilson Uche of iTour Africa (South East); Piriye Kiyaramo, tourism journalist (South South); and Dr Muhammad Adamu of Bauchi Friends (North East).

The interim zonal coordinators will co-lead the implementation of the ATPN Tourism Restart Strategy and be the main point of contact for the association in the different zones and are responsible for driving membership growth within their zones whilst building sustainable relationships with the local governments and their host communities as well as corporate organisations. “The zonal offices will bring ATPN closer to her members as we work towards restarting tourism following the devastation brought about by the Corona virus pandemic”, said ATPN Interim National President Hassan Zakari.

The Association of Tourism Practitioners (ATPN), one of the oldest tourism associations in Nigeria, is a member-driven professional trade association founded in 1990 with the primary purpose of promoting domestic and inbound tourism to Nigeria. It is managed by a committee of tourism experts with a passion for the tourism industry.

Conveying the approval of the Board of Trustees, Alhaji Kabir Malan, the ATPN BOT interim chairman commended the association’s executives for the strides in the last 12 months especially in forging strategic relationships critical to the growth of domestic and inbound tourism in Nigeria. According to Alhaji Kabir, “we must not lose the momentum gained so far especially as we have a short window occasioned by the apathy to international travel to lubricate the tourism value chain in Nigeria and get Nigerians excited about enjoying domestic tourism products”.

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