In an effort to retain its position as the Home of Peace and Tourism, Plateau is to host the 2018 Annual General Meeting, AGM, of the Association of Tour Operators, NATOP.
The NATOP President, Mr Nkereuwem Onung, who disclosed this in Lagos during the week, said that Plateau had been a leading tourism destination though challenged by insecurity.
Onung said that the association chose Plateau for the AGM to demonstrate that the state was safe for tourism.
He said that the state needed to strongly showcase its tourism potential, adding that the association would need to discover and expose new locations in the state to tour professionals.
“Nigeria is blessed; Plateau is so rich in tourism potential that we should start to re-position the state as a way of growing tourism in Nigeria,” he said.
According to Onung, the AGM scheduled for next week in Jos will have the theme: Security Challenges and Promotion of Tourism in Nigeria.
“This is the first time the association will hold its AGM in the northern part of Nigeria.
“We held the last AGM in Lagos; it held in Calabar the year before. It is a pleasure that the first event outside Southern Nigeria will hold in Plateau State.
“As part of this year’s plan, there will be a one-day tour of Jos and its environs.
“It is a ground-breaking event which will celebrate the speedy growth of tourism and its efforts in nation-building,” he said.
The NATOP president told NAN that the event would also be devoted to discussing issues such as policies, advocacies, promotion and marketing as regards tourism.
“The association seeks a more favourable environment for business growth and engagement in activities that will add more value to the Nigerian society,” he said.