Operators of tourism-reliant travel companies have lamented that they are losing their business to competitor in neighbouring countries.
They urged the Federal Government to save the nation’s travel trade in order to keep thousands of jobs.
The President of Nigerian Tour Operators (NATOP), Mr. Nkereuwem Onung said their businesses are shrinking from different ends, especially as airlines are pulling out of Nigeria.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari should get people that understand the business and listen to them.
Onung who is also the Chairman of Remlords Car Hire and Tour Services noted that “Nigerians will now start moving from Lagos to Accra before they fly out of the country. For me, let the stakeholders of the industry sit up and reverse all the things that have gone wrong because we are going backward as a nation”.
The President of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mr. Bankole Benard had raised alarm that Nigeria risks 300,000 jobs if the foreign airlines leave.
Some of the airlines have left as government held back $575 million belonging to the airlines and 40 per cent of that amount is lost by the reason of increase in exchange rate.
Onung regretted that some of the airlines that said they are not leaving now go to the GDS and adjust the figures. “A ticket of N300, 000 now sells for N600, 000 (six hundred thousand) and who is paying for it? The Nigerian travelling public are paying for it. We are talking about the economy; did the economy just fail by itself? It is shrinking from different ends, if the airlines are pulling out, is it not the economy that is shrinking? The economy is shrinking from everywhere. We keep talking, talking, and when these airlines.
Originally posted 2016-07-24 21:39:56.