The Federation of Tourism Assocations in Nigeria (FTAN) has lauded the tourism development initiative of the Ekiti State Government and Sterling Bank Plc, describing it as a step in the right direction.
Mr Ayo Olumoko, Vice President of the South West zone of the association, gave the commendation in a statement signed and issued to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, the Sterling Bank’s move of financing and empowering over 2,000 Ekiti tourism entrepreneurs through its tourism development scheme was not only novel but strategic for the development of the sector.
He said those empowered included artisans, souvenir producers, hoteliers, craft makers, potters, mat weavers, restaurant and bar operators.
The vice president described the initiative as a harbinger of hope and testimony of the fact that tourism could only blossom through the private and public sector engagement.
He noted that Gov. Kayode Fayemi had consistently distinguished himself as one of the very few governors in the country, who saw wealth in the untapped tourism sector and had always been strategic about it.
According to him, Gov. Fayemi through his tourism policies and vision, had placed Ekiti in the front burner of global tourism attention.
He commended Sterling Bank for its sterling strides and proactiveness in contemporary banking business, by actively venturing into the biggest money pot sector of the economy – tourism.
Olumoko said that Sterling Bank was the only bank with solid investment and investors portfolio for the development of the tourism sector in the country.
” I am particularly enchanted by the approach of Sterling Bank in Ekiti, going first for the entrepreneurs, the artisans and thebcreative industry.
“This is heartwarming because these are the nexus or backbone of the tourism sector.
Olumoko said that the FTAN South West zone, would mobilise its members in Ekiti to tap into the business opportunities offered by Sterling Bank.
He said the FTAN as an organisation, would be in a purposeful synergy with the bank. (NAN)