about us

The Association has evolved tremendously over the years and now enjoys the recognition of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC); the International Air Transport Association (IATA); and the Universal Federation of Travel Agents (UFTAA).

In November 1973, a group of travel agents at the instance of Jerry Onuoha Ibe Nwosu of SCAN Travel convened a meeting of travel agencies in Nigeria which held at the John Holt Travel Agency, then located at 149/153 Broad Street, Lagos. At that meeting, an association called the Nigeria Association of Travel Agencies (NATA) was established. Roxy Udo, then General Manger of John Holt Travel Agency became the 1st Honorary President; Tunde Akala, Manager of then Mandillas Travel Agency became 1st Vice President and the convener, Jerry Nwosu became the association’s founding Secretary. The founding fathers saw the need to organise a national body comprising of travel agencies for the purpose of promoting member’s interests, serving as the mouthpiece for agencies, regulating member’s activities and maintaining discipline and professionalism within the travel and tourism industry.
NATA later metamorphosed into what is now known as The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) which is the umbrella body of all Travel Agencies operating in Nigeria.


NANTA’s first advocacy occurred in January, 1994, when the then Executive Council led by Tunde Johnson, presented a paper to then Minister of Finance, Dr. Soleye. In the presentation, NANTA advised the Government to authorize Airlines and Travel Agents to collect airport taxes and remit to the Government monthly rather than collecting such taxes from passengers at check in. This advice which was well received and implemented, helped to drastically reduce long queues formed at the airports for tax collection.


Today, NANTA is registered under the Land Use Perpetual Act as a Non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), promoting travel and tourism in Nigeria. The Association has evolved tremendously over the years and now enjoys the recognition of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC); the International Air Transport Association (IATA); and the Universal Federation of Travel Agents (UFTAA).

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    • VISION STATEMENT:

      To be Africa's most trusted association of travel service Practitioners.

    • MISSION STATEMENT:

      Promoting integrity and professionalism in the travel service sector for quality service delivery.