The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has confirmed Chief Mike Amachree as Nigeria’s Father of Tourism in Nigeria. This is a follow -up to the award of the same title earlier conferred on him by African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) led by Ikechi Uko during Bantaba event in Port Harcourt last year.
FTAN, led by the National President of FTAN, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, conferred the award on Amachree when the governing council of the federation recently paid a courtesy visit to him at Brooklyn Tourist Centre, Rumuosi in the Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking during the visit, Alhaji Rabo said the award was in recognition of Amachree’s outstanding contributions to the development of tourism in the country.
The FTAN president appreciated God for giving Amachree the ability to build numerous tourism facilities across the country. He said this had had a positive impact on tourism practice in Nigeria and stressed that Rivers State was blessed to have Chief Amachree whose efforts have endeared many to the tourism sector.
He further said: “We visited Chief Mike Amachree because he is one of our founding fathers and we deemed it fit to bestow on him the title of Nigeria’s Father of Tourism because of his contribution to the development and growth of tourism in Nigeria. The man has been in tourism for the past 55 years and we know he is the founding father of the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN).
“Therefore, we believe and feel we could not be in Port Harcourt without paying him a courtesy visit. We are in his place to also inform him of the ceremony for the award proper and presentation of plague will be done during the council AGM of the Federation in Abuja on July 7.”
Speaking of the Brooklyn Tourist Centre, Port Harcourt owned by Amachree, Rabo said: “My assessment of Brooklyn Tourist Centre is that Chief Amachree has tried. This is a man that has been doing so much to portray the country in a positive light.”
Source: The Nation Newspaper