Posted by Justina Okpanku
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) will hold a training programme for travel/tourism journalists in the country under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET). NIHOTOUR is the training school for hotels, restaurants and travel agencies in the country.
Established in 1988, NIHOTOUR supervised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, is mandated to ensure that training offered at all levels and cadres are streamlined, focused and properly coordinated.
Meanwhile, the training, which is part of NIHOTOUR’s commitment to human capital development and deepening reportage of the tourism sector, will be taking place at the Kapital Klub and Apartments, Asokoro, Abuja from April 8 to 11 2019.
In a statement by the acting Director General of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Kabir M. Momoh, said the four-day training dubbed ‘Tourism Journalism Communication Training 2019,’ has ‘Building a Sustainable Destination through Tourism Reportage’ as its theme.
Momoh explained that training is one of the core mandates of the institute, as it has over the years developed teaching modules and training packages for the different operators of tourism businesses in Nigeria even as he stressed the need to train travel journalists on a regular basis so as to expose them to developments in the sector and skills that would enhance their reportage of the sector.
ANJET members, he said, are part of the tourism family and are crucial to the development and achievements that the sector has recorded over the years.
He said that the decision by NIHOTOUR and other partners to commit human capital and resources to organise the training section is to consolidate on these gains and ensure the sustainability of the sector, adding that without a well informed and equipped crop of tourism media the sector stands to suffer a lot.
To this end, he commended the Director Generals of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, and other partners for collaborating with NIHOTOUR to deliver on the training programme for the journalists this year.
The opening ceremony of the programme is billed to hold on April 8. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is expected as special guest of honour. Other special guests expected at the opening ceremony of the training include the chairmen and members of culture and tourism committees in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as members of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN).
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