[By VICTOR NZE]
National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), an agency in the Ministry of Information and Culture, says it has concluded plans to celebrate this year’s edition of the World Tourism Day (WTD 2020) in collaboration with the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) Lagos Chapter, as well as inland waterways transport operator, Tarzan Boats.
Celebrated globally on September 27 , the WTD is recognised by the United Nations’ body.
Director General of NiHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, who disclosed this, Friday, called for close collaboration and synergy between government and the private sector within a sustainable framework to grow the industry as Nigeria joined the global community to celebrate the 2020 World Tourism Day with the theme: ‘Tourism and Rural Development.’
WTD offers opportunity for stakeholders to come up with strategic framework that can deepen the opportunities in the tourism industry by addressing the challenges inherent in its multi-sectorial operations.
Kangiwa noted that NIHOTOUR is celebrating this year’s world Tourism Day in collaboration with private sector as a symbol of the cordial relationship between the organized private sector and the Institute in manpower and capacity building of professional practice in the hospitality and travel-tourism industry of the country.
He noted further that it is by having close and healthy working relationship with operators in the industry that NIHOTOUR can design and streamline its course programs to suit the industry needs for efficient and effective service delivery that will command customer satisfaction and continuous patronage.
The Director General noted that the theme for this year’s celebration was ‘apt and in line with the desire of the Federal Government to open up the rural areas for enhanced national growth and development via the diversification of the economy that includes the tourism industry.’
According to him, ‘based on its mandate, NIHOTOUR as a training Institute will play its part for the evolution of knowledge-based and informed professional conducts in the service industry that tourism and hospitality are.’
He, therefore, appealed to industry stakeholders to encourage and sponsor their staff for training and re-training so as to be abreast with global trends and practices in the industry for better service delivery that meets international standards and best practices.
Kangiwa further noted that ‘tourism is a social, cultural and economic activity which if properly harnessed can develop the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy as veritable source of revenue in view of the drastic shortfall in oil revenue in recent times.’
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