The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA has moved to sanitise the operations of travel agencies in the country with the aim of weeding out the fraudsters parading as travel agents.
In his presentation at a stakeholders meeting to present the travel practitioners identification project to the players in the industry, which is an initiative of NANTA, at the Annex office of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA at the Murtala Muhammed international airport, Lagos on Thursday, August 3, the president of NANTA, Mr. Bankole Bernard stated that it has become imperative to register all the genuine travel agencies so as to rid the business of fraudsters.
He stated that every registered member of NANTA will be given a unique identification number, an Identity card to identify him/ her as a registered member of the association.
Bernard said every travel agents is required to register with NANTA in compliance with the NCAA Act.
NANTA president noted that every member is expected to register by September 1, adding that every member also must have a code of conduct.
Bernard said each travel agent expected to be registered with the sum of N3500 and when such member moves to another organisation, he will be required to obtain another identity card with the sum of N1900 while the unique identification number will remain the same.
NANTA president expressed disappointment on the way the industry is running, stressing that there is needed for a change to reposition the business .
He said there are over 6000 travel agencies in the country, but only 9 percent of that number are registered by NANTA.
He said if the Nigeria can get 10 percent of her population to travel, the country will become a natural hub in West Africa.
Bernard said NANTA has tried in the past to make the airlines see reasons not operate city offices and allow the travel agencies to do that for them not to avail.
In his remarks, the director general of NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman who was represented by the director of Air Transport Regulations, Group captain Edem Oyo-Ita, rtd, applauded NANTA on the new initiative.
He said NCAA will collaborate and support NANTA on the move to sanitise the industry because of the negative image the activities of these fraudsters are causing the country.
The DG said we need to know who is who in the industry to get things right and reverse the negative perception brought about by these fraudsters.
The event was attended by NANTA executives, key players in the aviation business, including the airlines.