From: Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) has been admitted into the membership of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
A Press statement from Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, National President of ITPN, which was made available to newsmen Friday said membership of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has conferred on the Institute an important position to be a part of the chamber movement in the representation of the Travel-Tourism and Hospitality industry and its related trades in voicing the opinion of the sector as well as getting represented in national economic policy making process.
Chief Odusanwo further posited that membership of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce will afford the Institute the opportunity of being on a wider platform to air the views and opinion of the Institute on behalf of the travel tourism, hospitality and its related trades in circle of committee of the organized private sector of both the FCT and the country at large.
According to the statement, “ACCI was established in 1986 with the main objective of protecting the interest of commerce and industry as well as serve as the voice of the organized private sector to express its opinion for the business community. It is also to promote economic and industrial development within the FCT in particular, and Nigeria as a whole”.
“The general motive of the chamber movement worldwide is to assist businesses and activities of members in any way possible and whenever necessary in form of advice, information, guidance and such other actions as to enable them to easily achieve their objectives as well as to influence government policies on enabling environment for the growth of Commerce, enterprise, Industry and general economic growth and development”.
The statement added that, “ITPN is a higher, vocational and tertiary level professional organization, established to furnish the Nigerian tourism industry with professional personnel who can provide good quality standard of products and services with such additional objectives as providing education and membership structure aimed at guaranteeing excellent standards of service delivery within the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry trades”.
“Membership of the Institute is believed will enhance the promotion of professional ethics and efficiency in travel-tourism and hospitality industry as well as wider participation in the economic policy and advisory role in the Federal Capital Territory in particular, and Nigeria as a whole”, the statement concluded.