2019 NIHOTOUR/ANJET Training: Tourism Stakeholders Lament Where Nigeria Got It Wrong

Minister of iNformation and Culture, Laui Mohammed.

Tourism stakeholders in the country supported the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) to train travel journalists and bloggers as well as media handlers in the government agencies. The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) played a very important role in the Tourism Journalism Communication Training with the theme “Building a Sustainable Destination through Tourism Reportage” for Association of Nigerian Journalist and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) members.
Throughout the four-day programme which became began April 8, 2019, the stakeholders made presentations that not only identified the gray areas but also showed the way forward for Nigeria tourism.
On his part, Acting Director General of the NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Kabir Momoh, identified negative reports as tool affecting tourism sector’s growth, saying such reports scare away foreign investors. He called on travel journalists to be conscious of the effects of their writings in building Nigeria as a viable tourism destination.
He said: “The media is indispensable in championing the cause of tourism development. The media can do this through effective and organized reportage that will promote sustainable tourism industry.”
Director General of the Nigerian Tourism and Development Commission (NTDC), Folorunsho Coker, said: “Tourism cannot thrive unless the media promotes it. The media is the bedrock of tourism. My primary interest is on environmental journalism. If you do not talk about yourself, no one will.
The President of the Federation Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Alhaji Rabo Saleh, also called for positive reportage about tourism in the country. “A lot of negative information has been written about Nigeria, and this cannot help the growth of tourism. If we want tourism to grow, we have to talk about the positive sides and nobody will do that for us. We have to do it, and ANJET has been playing that role.
I am sure they will continue to play that role for us to attain that. This is another good time for us. The elections have just been held and we are supposed to have a new government in place,” he said.
Saleh was worried about the state of the tourism industry. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a ministry of tourism and culture, but we are under information. Therefore, we call on President Buhari, as a matter of urgency, to create a ministry of tourism and culture so that tourism will be given its place. If we want tourism to replace oil, we need to fund it. All the parastatals need to be funded properly, so that tourism will take its rightful place,” he said.