The innovations and aggressive promotion of Nigeria's tourist destinations have earned the country a place on the International Council for the Promotion of Tourism (ICPT).
President of the ICTP, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, who conducted the ceremony at the Seychelles' stand at the just concluded World Travel Market in London, disclosed that the council's search for right-minded members led it to Nigeria and her apex tourism promotion agency, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation.
Nigeria, according to Lipman, "has huge tourism potential, and we on the council know how lucky we are to have the NTDC DG Otunba Segun Runsewe as a council member."
He said the plan of the ICTP is to put the tourism sector of its over 500 member countries on the path of growth.
In his acceptance speech, Runsewe expressed his gratitude to the council for noticing the humble work the agency was doing in Nigeria and pledged his commitment to the goals of the council.
Issues discussed at the ICTP meeting were the improvement of services to help members strengthen their own commitment to Green Growth and Quality, rebranding the organisation as a "coalition" supporting grassroots engagement in the sector's contribution to a low carbon inclusive and environmentally-responsible world with a proactive leadership council.
They also announced a strengthening of advocacy programmes through collaboration with industry organisations and business partners in co-sponsored events to promote: Sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel, fair coherent taxation and investments for jobs.
They reiterated their commitment to work with international travel and tourism organisations in their efforts to advance these strategies.
President Geoffrey Lipman said: "We firmly expect that in 2013, which is going to be a very difficult year, our coalition will be a new force to help destinations and their stakeholders to focus on Green Growth and Quality in a creative way that enhances their competitiveness, attracts new investments, creates jobs, and helps build happier communities."
Both Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles and Mr. Thomas Steinmetz, the Chairman of the ICTP, also addressed the gathered members at the Seychelles Stand at WTM 2012 in the presence of Mr. David Aherne of the EURO Congress, the European Convention Bureau.