New NTDC boss meets Stakeholders and media in Lagos, asks for collaboration
By Renn Offor
Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), has charged Tourism Stakeholders and the media to rise up and support NTDC and herself in a new era which, according to her, she has set out with the intention to raising the ailing sector on to glory amidst its many problems and issues.
It was her inaugural and familiarization get-together to officially introduce herself to the Stakeholders and the media even as she gears towards presenting an agenda that would transform the tourism sector in the country. The event held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
She said that as a stakeholder, ‘We all know the problems bedeviling the NTDC and the tourism sector”, and went on to explain that she is looking to boost staff morale, unite and work with tourism stakeholders to chart a new course for the industry. She explained that in the coming months the tourism apex body would still be meeting with the stakeholders to present an official agenda that would drive the NTDC during her tenure in Office.
Mr. Jemi Alade, MD, Jemi-Alade Tours welcomed her to the helms of affairs of the NTDC, while
Chief Samuel Olo Alabi, Former President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), emphasized the need for the new boss to avoid toeing the path of apathy towards recognizing person and stakeholders who could help her succeed, advising her be open to wise counsel and even foolish counsel. He expressed faith in the fact that she is experienced in the travel and tourism industry, and that looking at her profile, he believes she would do the needful and succeed.
Chief Tarzan Balogun of Tarzan Getty called on the new boss to be passionate about supporting and helping to advocate for policies that would help tourism support sectors to thrive. He also advised her to carry along the press in her endeavours and to maintain a solid communication channel with them and Stakeholders in the industry.
Mr. Bernard Bankole, President of Nigerian Association of Travel Agencies (NANTA), in his remarks advised the Mrs. Mariel to focus on performance during her tenure as he went on to assure of the unwavering support of NANTA to NTDC and herself.