Develop Kano as a tourist destination, the emir urges NANTA
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has asked the National Association of Travel Agencies of Nigeria (NANTA) to rebrand Kano as a true cultural tourism destination on the West Coast of Africa.
Her Royal Highness who received the President of NANTA, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye and her delegation during a courtesy visit to the palace, revealed that Kano was historically at the center of Trans-Saharan trade and tourism, therefore deserves the support of NANTA and the foreign airlines to flourish again despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our people are remarkable travelers and traders. We have the oldest connecting airport in the world and also a huge travel point for the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, so NANTA needs to help reposition the airport and Kano as a destination, ”the emir said.
He praised the management of NANTA for their intention to open a travel academy in Kano and also for their zonal office building project which is the first of its kind at the NANTA zonal administration in the country, adding that he would mobilize both the government and the people of Kano to ensure that the building, which was 80% complete, was fully completed and inaugurated.
On the prize awarded to him and Governor Abdulahi Ganduje, respectfully, for making Kano the most peaceful state in Nigeria, the Emir appreciated the association for his foresight and his affirmation that Kano is in peaceful effect and home to all Nigerians, and foreigners included.
“We are honored for your award to me as the Most Distinguished Traditional Ruler and to my Governor as Governor of the Year for his efforts to make Kano a peaceful destination. I will do my best to contact the governor and see how we will be at your national event in Abuja in November, ”the emir said.
Impressed with Susan Akporiaye’s leadership at NANTA, Alhaji Bayero said that NANTA should prepare for the Kano Durbar festival which the association is to include in the air transport, especially for the Hajj pilgrimage.
Speaking earlier, the president urged the emir to help complete the NANTA area headquarters, which was to house a travel academy for the youth and women of Kano who will receive training in skills acquisition.
Akporiaye also conveyed to His Royal Highness his role as the Royal Father of the Day during his prestigious Eminent NANTA Award in Abuja in November, where the Emir will also receive the Most Eminent Traditional Ruler Award for Peace and Security in Kano State.
“Your Highness, NANTA is proud to be associated with you and the Governor of Kano State for the dedication and passion to keep Kano away from the unrest of insecurity, and for the strict call to promote Kano as a cultural tourism and hospitality destination, ”Akporiaye explained further.