July 10, 2024

ATTWON clarifies misleading claims by ANJET, reaffirms commitment to tourism industry

ATTWON clarifies misleading claims by ANJET, reaffirms commitment to tourism industry

The Association of Travel and Tourism Writers of Nigeria (ATTWON), established eight years ago, has reiterated its dedication to uniting travel media and the tourism industry to promote Nigeria’s tourism potential globally.

In a recent statement, Public Relations Officer Annabel Kufre emphasised that ATTWON, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on June 10, 2016 (RC CAC/IT/ No 88082), is the first and only association of travel and tourism writers in Nigeria. This includes journalists, photographers, editors, and tourism professionals, all committed to the industry’s growth.

Addressing recent claims by the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), ATTWON reaffirmed its status as the sole registered association for travel and tourism writers in Nigeria.

ANJET’s misleading assertion of exclusive registration prompted ATTWON to clarify the situation.

Kufre highlighted the contributions of independent travel and tourism journalists to the industry, stressing that this diversity in the media landscape benefits the sector by fostering professional excellence and promoting responsible journalism.

Despite opposition from ANJET, ATTWON has continued to flourish. Six years ago, ATTWON applied for and paid for membership in the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), meeting all requirements. Although initially resisted, FTAN’s perception has since changed, leading to a collaborative relationship focused on industry growth.

Recent attempts by ANJET to disrupt a “Train-the-Trainer Programme” organized by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) were noted by ATTWON. Despite ANJET’s efforts, ATTWON members and other independent journalists successfully participated in the training.

Since 2017, ATTWON has organized several initiatives, including the “ATTWON OPEN HOUSE” and “ATTWON TOURISM PARLIAMENT,” engaging major stakeholders to discuss industry issues. The association remains committed to its advocacy efforts, including the call for a separate Tourism Ministry.

ATTWON calls for accurate information and rejects ANJET’s monopolistic stance. The association continues to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and dedication to the travel and tourism sector.