Chief Abiodun A. ODUSANWO, The National President of The Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP), is the 2nd National Deputy President-Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), and a Senior Institutional Strengthening Consultant (SISC).
As the President of ITP, Odusanwo leads a team of skilled and experienced practitioners and technocrats, with a breadth of commercial expertise and hard won public sector experience to make the Institute for Tourism Professional the premier professional membership and awarding body for the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Nigeria.
Chief Odusanwo is a registered International Tourism Practitioner, Member of British Tourism Society, as well as the British Tourism Consultants Network. He worked on projects for countries, regions, cities, hotels, companies and resorts to develop their tourism potentials, improve income generation, and deliver real growth, and with public sector agencies to maximise market opportunities, increase economic profit, and reward, including business enterprise development training, small business seminars, and executive development workshops in the United Kingdom for UK and international clients
As a Tourism Educationist, Chief Odusanwo served as a College Principal in London during which he was actively engaged in the harmonisation of Tourism Academic and Vocational Qualifications in Europe, and the advancement of Tourism Education across many countries. His Tourism Advisory and Operating Skills covers: Staff and Professional Development, Tourism Product Creation and Development, Tourism related Internally Generated Revenue, Quality Assurance and Service Standards, Business and Strategic Plans, Destination Marketing, Training & Skills development, Tourism Master Plan and Policy Implementation, Feasibility studies and Project Development, Classification and Grading of Hotel, Leisure and Hospitality Establishments, Management and Organisation Development for sustainable Tourism Development.
In Nigeria, Chief Odusanwo served as the Lead Hospitality and Tourism Specialist for the World Bank Assissted GEM Nigeria Project, Vice Chairman of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) National Mirror Committee ISO/TC 228 “Tourism and Related Services”, and as Chairman Standards and Manpower Development Committee of FTAN from 2011 to 2013. He also served FTAN as Vice President, South West, 2013-2017- and is currently the Chairman, National Working Committee on Legislations and Standards.
He served as a tourism and hospitality technical advisor to MDAs and International donor agencies on Institutional strengthening, capacity building, fund raising, and sustainable tourism development. Furthermore, Odusanwo contributed as a Lead Trade in Services Advisor for the Government of Nigeria (GoN) and WTO on Nigeria’s 5th Trade Policy Review (TPR).