The Acting President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Nkereuwem Onung, along with delegations recently paid a visit to the Father of Tourism in Nigeria, Chief Mike Amachree, at his hotel and museum in Port Harcourt.
The delegations included Gani Tarzan Balogun, the President of the Boat Operators Association (ATBOWATAN), who came in from Lagos, John Likita Best of Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN), who came in from Jos, Plateau and Ikechi Uko of Akwaaba African Travel Market who came from Lagos to join Steve Isokariri former Board of Trustees Chairman of NANTA who is based in Port Harcourt.
Onung thanked Amachree who was the Founder of ATPN, a former Board member of FTAN and leader of CEPTAC for hosting the Team.
He told Amachree that he brought along his old friends and children to greet him, as well as find out about his health and was happy to note that he was hale and hearty.
He informed of the death of the President of FTAN, Alhaji Rabo Saleh, and the plans to hold a memorial for him on the 28th of May.
Amachree who had with him members of CEPTAC, Professors Bell Gam and Okoroafor thanked the Team for the visit and welcomed them to his Museum, hotel and zoo.
The Chief who was excited at the visit disclosed that he specifically requested the presence of Ikechi, Tarzan and John Best because he has known them for over 20 years, saying that he had watched them grow and was proud of their achievements.
He described the death of the President as sad thing but urged members not to be demoralised. “They should be encouraged and seek to honour the memory of the President by sustaining and strengthening the Association.
He thanked the Group for recognising his contribution to Tourism and recalled that Late Alhaji Saleh presented him the plaque as the Father of Tourism in Nigeria. “He was a Good Man,” he said.
After praying for the team he took them on a tour of the zoo and the museum.
The delegations were treated to Brooklyn Hotel hospitality by the management of the hotel before they departed to the airport.