The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agency is pleased to announce that it will be hosting nationwide training for IATA and Non-IATA registered travel agencies in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja at no cost.
Tagged as IATA EasyPay Workshop for IATA and Non-IATA Agents, Mr. Bankole Bernard, President of the Association says the purpose of this workshop is to enlighten Travel Agents on the IATA EasyPay (IEP) plan.
“IATA EasyPay (IEP) is a new payment method that is globally available to all IATA accredited travel agents for the issuance of tickets through IATA’s Billing Settlement Plan (BSP). IATA EasyPay is a secure, pay-as-you-go solution. It is an electronic wallet and is available to agents to use alongside the other payment methods in the BSP,” Mr. Bernard says.
The association says it will also use this opportunity to address certain issues and challenges it has been facing over the years. NANTA says it will also make use of this platform to set its house in proper order by encouraging unregistered NANTA agencies to come under the umbrella and thereby drastically reduce fraudulent practices in the travel market.
Mr. Bankole also adds that the benefits of the workshop for the travel agencies is that the IEP provides a greater level of flexibility for agents.
“The IEP will provide travel agents with more flexibility, it will also provide a failsafe, allowing travel agents to continue transacting in the BSP if they ever reach their Remittance Holding Capacity (RHC).”
The National Publicity Secretary for the Association, Mr. Yinka Ladipo disclosed that the workshop is scheduled to begin with the Port Harcourt Zone on September 10, 2019, at the Swiss Spirit Hotel followed by the Abuja Zone on September 12, 2019, at Nicon Luxury Hotel and then the Lagos Zone on October 3, 2019, at the Lagos Continental Hotel.
In another development the association has recently renewed her membership with the Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, NANTA has stated its position on the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. While stating that the recent happenings have not been a pleasant one, the association has called on Africans to embrace love as a virtue.
The President of NANTA, Mr. Bankole Bernard while speaking on this issue said: “Initially when I saw the videos of how our people were being killed by thugs in South Africa, all I could think of was that why should Africans be destroying themselves? However, on a second thought when I took a closer look at the situation, I saw that some criminals were trying to take advantage of the system. The association is of the opinion that these criminals must be apprehended and they should face the consequences. NANTA believes that this shouldn’t sever the relationship between the two countries.”
He mentions that NANTA has a working relationship with South African Tourism (SAT) and as matter of fact they have just concluded a South African Tourism Expert Roadshow in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos last week.
“The essence of this was to sensitize Nigerians on tourism plans in South Africa and how the body of the Nigerian tourism can also benefit from this and sadly, this happens, defeating the purpose of the roadshow” he says.
“Our focus should be on the gain of the continent and not make others take advantage of the developmental growth of this continent. We call on South African Government to profer a lasting solution to this situation. Tourism preaches peace and violence should not be allowed,” Mr. Bernard adds.
Mr. Bernard also commended Air Peace, one of the domestic carriers in Nigeria for volunteering to bring back Nigerians in South Africa who are stranded. He also commended the Government of Nigeria for granting the airline the permission to do so.
In concluding his statement, Mr. Bernard says: “The association sympathizes with the families and friends of the victims and we hope that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss.”