Items filtered by date: August 2020

Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, the newly appointed Director General of National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), has declared that he is committed to massively increase the training capacity of the Institute to achieve Sustainable Tourism development in Nigeria. He made the revelation earlier today, September 1st 2020, in a meeting with a section of NIHOTOUR management team at their headquarters in Abuja.

Earlier this week, Nigeria's President, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari appointed new Chief Executive Officers for agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism. Among the new appointees is Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, a tourism technocrat, who hails from a royal family in Kebbi State, North Western Nigeria. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Chief Executive Officers for nine of the agencies under  the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. The DG of NIHOTOUR appointment went to the maverick, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, a former Vice President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria FTAN North West Zone.

The all inclusive and broad composition of sub Committees on the implementation of creative industry intervention by otunba segun Runsewe, has attracted commendation from stakeholders in the industry. Otunba segun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts Culture ( NCAC) who is the chairman of central implementation Committee for creative industry inaugurated by Tourism minister lai Mohammed barely few weeks ago, rolled out a comprehensive list of sub Committees to capture the the entire gamut of the sector, with intent to address the needs and expectations of the players.

At a briefing in Abuja yesterday, Nigeria' Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, announced that international flights would begin landing daily in Abuja and Lagos. He clarified that there would be four fligts daily, starting from August 29th, 2020. Nigeria will be reopening its borders for international flights on August 29th, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced. According to Sirika, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be the first to be reopened. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria's airports shut down at the end of March to all non-essential international flights.

Published in TRANSPORTATION
Sunday, 16 August 2020 00:00

Low Turn Out at Osun-Osogbo Festival

The grand finale of the annual Osun-Osogbo festival ended on Friday with a low turnout of people to the grove as the annual cultural fiesta was observed in strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government had on Tuesday announced a ban on social activities and gatherings at the Osun-Osogbo festival and restricted visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage site to worshippers only.

Published in LEISURE TOURISM
Friday, 07 August 2020 00:00

ECOWAS Strategize on Common Entry Visa

Experts on visa issues drawn from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met in Abuja on the deployment of the regional visa otherwise known as ECOVISA.

The ECOVISA, according to the ECOWAS Commission, is billed to facilitate the seamless movement of citizens of ECOWAS member states in the region.

The commission added that the meeting which held virtually, among other issues, afforded the experts the opportunity to present and discuss additional, as well as proposed security features of the ECO document and the necessary accompanying measures for the implementation of the decision of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on the matter.

Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The plight of local airlines has taken a turn for the worse as more become insolvent, struggling to meet financial obligations. The fate of the beleaguered operators is not helped by the Federal Government’s alleged withdrawal of N27 billion bailout funds that was earlier pledged to the industry.

As at weekend, all the operating carriers had slashed pilots and general workers’ salary by between 50 to 80 per cent, much to the displeasure of the unions.

Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved N1 billion seed capital for investment in tourism, as the state is set to drive a new growth in hospitality business. Sanwo-Olu announced the approval of the loan on Wednesday at the 6th Lagos Corporate Assembly held at the Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa. The Governor said the investment was required to bolster the hospitality sector by providing key operators in tourism business with soft loans to boost their capacity in driving growth. The initiative, Sanwo-Olu observed, is necessary to position tourism business as a new frontier for job creation and economic prosperity in the post-Coronavirus era.

Published in LEISURE TOURISM