Kangiwa accuses stakeholders of professionalism to decontaminate tourism and hospitality industry against quacks

The Director General of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Nura Sani Kangiwa, has called on stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector to make professionalism a key factor in the sector by registering and hiring core professionals to guard against the infiltration of quacks in the sector.

Kangiwa, who made the call when the new executive members of the Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) paid him a courtesy visit to the Institute’s headquarters in Abuja, said it was high time people got the wrong impression of themselves. shed that to practice in tourism and hospitality are simple and easy without formal training and therefore the field is open to all.

While it is noted that to practice in any of the professional branches of the industry, one needs not only formal training to begin with, but it must be an ongoing practice to train and retrain in order to be adequately equipped with the required skills for competence and proficiency in professional conduct in accordance with global best practices.

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He added that NIHOTOUR is readily available to provide quality training to all practicing and prospective members of the public in all tourism and hospitality sectors.

He expressed the Institute’s willingness to partner with all professional associations in the industry, including NATOP, for mass training of members as part of the effort to overcome the challenges of existing skills gaps in the sector that provide an effective, efficient and high-quality hinder services. .

NATOP National President Ime Udo previously said they were at the Institute to pay a solidarity visit to the NIHOTOUR boss with a view to exploring possible ways of synergy in manpower training and capacity development of its members. , and stressed that the Nigerian tourism industry urgently needs synergy between and between critical stakeholders and key industry players in both the public and private sectors.

She said part of her campaign promises was to bring NATOP to its zenith as a professional tour operations organization in the country, and seeks a strong partnership with NIHOTOUR to strengthen NATOP as a force to be reckoned with in terms of professional conduct. and practices.

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Other executive members of the association who accompanied the NATO chief include Olubunmi Balqees, Secretary General; Cecile Mambo, Vice President-FCT, Abuja/North Central and Amos Opoola, Financial Secretary.

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