The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) on Friday in Lagos inaugurated Mrs Susan Akporaiye as the 44th President of the association.
Akporaiye, in a statement issued after she was sworn in, assured members of NANTA of continuity.
She said the association under her watch would address some challenges facing the members, which were brought by the ravaging COVID-19.
“This is the birth of a new beginning as the incoming executive council takes over under my leadership as the 44th President of NANTA.
“In due course, the incoming executives shall engage and consult with all stakeholders in order to establish and validate our priorities.
“I will then be articulating these priorities with strategies on how to move the association forward,” she said.
Akporaiye, who takes over from Mr Bankole Bernard, said she was conscious of the challenge to re-access the association’s reach and physical engagement in view of COVID-19 and the impact on global travels.
“We are conscious of the pressure to rebound and gain immediate foothold, yet determined to guide our members to follow established federal and states governments protocols on COVID-19.
“This includes practicing safety and social distancing as recommended by health officials globally.
“This is to assure our stakeholders, friends and principals that NANTA is united and in safe hands under my watch.
“The watchword under my watch will be teamwork,” she said.
She said as the president, she would ensure that members had the right platform to provide inputs for continuous engagements, whether physical or digital.
“I reassure you as president, my priorities will be your priorities.
“Let me express my profound gratitude to Mr Bernard, the board of trustees, elders, my fellow partners in leadership, all zonal leadership and members, not excluding our very friends in the travel and tourism and the media.
“Having accepted to stand and hold forth as the 44th NANTA president, I ask God Almighty to grant me wisdom and knowledge to lead this great body and make it greater than ever before,” she said.