In In our world of tourism, aerial speech is gaining ground every day, leaving in its wake the apostles and evangelists of tourism of the last days helpless. Such outpouring undermines strategic thinking and planning in the sector, leaving us aimless.

No wonder the industry suffers and limps from rotten and toxic interventions, most clearly intended to deceive even the elected few in tourism.

I had sat down and prayed for understanding the Google Gospel of Folarin Coker at NTDC, yet every time I put the fantasy idea into drive mode the brain box does not respond. No doubt Google’s NTDC adventure will find space here when we are convinced anyway, to question the controversial tech dummy who has been sold to us as Humpty Dumpty.

Have you heard of Abiodun Odusanwo, the unpretentious chief driver of the Nigeria Transportation Summit? Well, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I know about this British-trained academician turned tourism logistics facilitator and certainly his internationalization of the Nigerian exhibition brand, carefully groomed for an inclusive tourism industry.

Odusanwo is cryptic, coded, and undisclosed. He is exceptional in thought and in action, barely heard when he speaks but, surprisingly, a man who takes his time choosing his battles, ostensibly his tourist battles.

The Ogun State-born tourism teacher and economist entered the industry clearly focused on changing the skyline of Nigerian tourism space. Dr Mubo Eniola, a very industrious tourism technocrat trained in the UK, sent me years ago to hunt down Odusanwo, who had drawn Dr Eniola as the recipient of the Tourism Professionals Institute award.

Dr Eniola, a tourism colossus and tourism department in Kogi State, does not call cheap taxis on public adventure and would not approve of pan theater. After several calls and pressures, a visit to Odusanwo’s office in Osborne in Lagos kept me awake as he moved to Abuja.

Beaten and harassed by Dr Eniola who thought I must have more information about Odusanwo than anyone else, one of them quickly dismissed the investigation and kept an open mind.

And it came out of the blues, so to speak, with the Institute of Tourism Professionals (later) rebranded as an exclusive Nigerian dream. Abiodun Odusanwo didn’t put the idea in the microwave, he cooked it.

I had blocked him, not because he was not eminently qualified, but because he was a mystery. I really don’t know the goals of the institution that he brought to the sector table, and despite several meetings to clarify the status of the organization, something tells me that Odusanwo is a strategic innovator.

Essentially unstoppable, rugged and unpretentious, Odusanwo has drawn on years of British education and exposure to build a bridge, the inevitable network of inclusive collaboration between tourism-generating government agencies and the private sector.

Over the past four years, he has worked tirelessly and professionally to define the tourism space, systematically linking aviation, rail and land transport to expand the reach and reach of tourism logistics. Odusanwo owns the franchise, even though the profiling is octopus.

So what difference does he make to the Transport Summit and Expo program this year? The theme “Tourism Transport Connectivity and Partnership: Leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Regime for Economic Sustainability” has resonance effervescence and possibilities, tending more than ever to open up inter-African tourism and commercial logistics.

It is exciting to imagine the strategic connection to unlock the benefits deriving from bringing together various drivers and stakeholders of the emerging three trillion dollar transport economy of the AfCFTA to fuel the flow of goods and services, including including people across the continent.

Without a doubt, Nigeria is the destination, in terms of population and creative economy, hence Odusanwo’s efforts to call on the Federal Departments of Aviation, Transport, Information and Culture, without excluding the administration of the Federal Capital Territory, look like a Nigerian challenge.

Yes, Nigeria has the potential, presence and experience to define the focused attention and empowerment of the tourism industry through the complexities of the African transport network.

It is here that partner government agencies are expected to invest more space in the exhibition planned in Abuja between November 15 and 16, and encourage the launch and adventure of Nigerian start-ups and enterprising entities to develop cross-border logistics portfolios, thus creating jobs and opportunities.

Indeed, the integration of the single African market for goods and services, facilitated by the movement of people is the liver and kidney of the expected achievement of a prosperous Africa.

The summit can also provide opportunities not only for Nigerian agencies but also those in other African countries to test the feasibility of political efforts, especially immigration and customs, to fuel this huge business concept. Significantly, the summit is the hands-on laboratory to assess the readiness of the workforce, security and technology to define the new frontiers of Africa’s greatest adventure in the tourism economy and transports.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, we should in the coming weeks, space permitting, engage in interpreting the gains and opportunities at all levels for hotel owners, service operators. ferry and other downstream companies, across Africa, Nigeria in particular. , to gain muscle and exposure to the AfCFTA regime, a gold mine still encoded in mystery and for which Odusanwo has vowed to reveal the secret code to summit participants.

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