The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, (NANTA) has lnaugurated a capacity development and accreditation programme aimed at equiping travel agents with skills that will help them become more proffessional in attending to their clients.
The capacity development program of the NANTA, which was lnagurated in a virtual meeting, is expected to change the narrative of the travel and tourism Industry while Travel agents seeking to be members of NANTA are expected to undergo the training before accreditation.
The 2nd National President, NANTA, Mr. James Ihie, said the President had earlier in her campaign promised to train and empower members with the requisite knowledge to thrive in the travel and hospitality business.
“We know that knowledge is power, all she is trying to do is to give knowledge back to members of NANTA and bring the Association back to international standards”.
The NANTA President, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye emphasized on the need for members to take the training serious as this would help them to acquire the skills needed to succeed in the business.
“Any business that looks at money first don’t always last, you must first if all at the wisdom of putting together things then the next thing is to acquire the necessary skills and once that is done, the money starts flowing in”.
Also the Training committee chairperson, Mrs. Ibiwari Kamabonta said that the framework of the training program had been carefully mapped out for new and existing members.
She pointed out that the reason behind the training which comes in three categories would empower all participants from start-up, beginners and seasoned professionals to have affiliations with Internationally recognized bodies and give members opportunities to have global recognized licences.
“For you to be able to know your right, know what you should do and what you shouldn’t. It gives you that opportunity to educate yourself and empower you to do the right thing”.
Some of the stakeholders including representatives from the Dubai and South African Tourism Boards Mrs. Stella Fubara and Thekiso Rakolojane.
“You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this investment and invest in yourself. What COVID-19 has presented to us as an industry is an opportunity to reflect”.
The program was wrapped up with the cutting of the tape with 308 participants which include travel and tourism agents from within and outside the country.