Boatman, Nkereweum Leads FTAN To Kingfisher

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Dr. Gani Tarzan Balogun, the President, of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) led the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria President (FTAN), Mr Nkereweum Onung and others to a meeting with Mide Adegbite, the waterfront restaurateur and recreation promoter in Lagos.

The meeting is part of the strategic swing to open a larger collaborative reach out to key industry players.

Others who joined the meeting were Mr Tobi ogunleye, Chairman FTAN fundraising committee, Chinyere Dike, Kate Ejike, South West Vice President of FTAN, Tunde Kolade and Mrs. ime Udo of Nigerian Association of Tour operators (NATOP).

Balogun who is also a topwater crafts tourism influencer and waterfront recreation investor introduced the team to Adegbite whose Kingfisher Waterfront Hangout in Lekki, Lagos is a major hangout for celebrities and water tourism enthusiasts.

Balogun used the opportunity to inform him of the forthcoming Tourism Day, which comes up on September 27, 2022.

Balogun explained that this year’s event would be celebrated differently, hence the strategic move to visit him and introduce FTAN President who is also deep into tourism logistics to his firm.

Onung commended the Kingfisher initiative and called for a bigger and better collaboration, which he would bring all industry players to one table on the scheduled date.

He said: “We want to showcase our capacity, our members who can hold forth and be ambassadors for the sector. We want to see real men; industry players with abilities, capacity, projects and practical and bankable tourism ideas that can help change our narratives and give the industry a head start.”

Responding, Adegbite expressed delight at the visit of the top leaders, saying that he was encouraged by their kind commendation of his little efforts.

Adegbite added that his outfit was a work in progress, one-stop entertainment and recreation services company, fussing together watercraft logistics support hospitality and beach gateway facilities and targeting Nigerians and foreigners with an adventurous bent.

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