The Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kakakin Kebbi) has commended the foresight of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) for embedding skill acquisition training in tour guiding as part of activities marking the 2021 World Tourism Day celebration, noting that it will improve the capacity of personnel needed to boost tourism activities in Kebbi state in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
As Nigeria joined the rest of the Tourism World to celebrate the United Nations World Tourism Day, President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkerewuem onung says the new normal has revealed the need for strategic action plan which must bring tourism stakeholders together and create project (s) that will benefit of all.
Yesterday, Wednesday 19th of May 2021, the Vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of Marriot's new 250 rooms state-of-the-art hotel in Ikeja Lagos reaffirmed the role of NIHOTOUR in contributing to the development of the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors in Nigeria. The new Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja is a magnificent edifice with luxurious settings, owned by Dr Taiwo Afolabi’s SIFAX Group.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announced that the new national carrier is expected to commence operation by the first quarter of 2022. Sirika disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. He explained that the new national carrier is long overdue and the private sector-run airline will be in operation by early 2022, with possibly cheaper rates.
Sterling Bank Nigeria Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to grow the Nigerian tourism industry in the areas of investment in improved infrastructural development and empowerment of operators in the sector. To this end, the bank has offered to jumpstart the sector with N5 billion in seed funding aimed to trigger a revolution in the sector so that the potentials in the industry can be fully exploited and harnessed for the economic benefits in growth and development of the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has sympatised with the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) in his condolence message to the acting president, Mr. Nkeurewm Onung on the death of the association president, Alhaji Saleh Rabo.
The Minister expressed sadness over the shocking news of the untimely death of Alhaji Saleh Rabo, in a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Ifeoma Adora Anyanwutaku.
Alhaji Rabo Saleh Kareem, the National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) passed away early morning yesterday in his Abuja residence, after a protracted illness. The immediate family of Alhaji Rabo, confirmed his passing yesterday April 16th 2021.
The Organizing Committee of Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete just announced the hosting of this year's Fete in Argungu, Kebbi State, Nigeria. The crowd pulling cultural tourism Fete will hold for 4 days in September, from the 8th to 11th, 2021.
This year’s Argungu Cultural tourism Fete is the 4th in the row of tourism promotional events facilitated by the popular NSK Polo Ranch & Resort in collaboration with Argungu Emirate Council.
The declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in January led to international travel restrictions, national travel bans and sub-national lockdowns, leading to massive cancellations of tourism and hospitality services, in destinations all over the world.
Consequently, the travel tourism and hospitality sectors in Nigeria have unimaginably, taken a direct hit with attendant tales of woes including corporate bankruptcies and large-scale job losses.
Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, Director-General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), said the International travel restrictions imposed by most countries in the wake of the first, and now second wave of COVID-19 has literally crippled the global tourism industry.
The Federal Government is contemplating partial commercialisation of existing national parks in the country.
The parks penciled down for the exercise are Kainji Lake, Cross River, and Gashaka Gumti National Parks. Already, discussions have begun among the leadership of the parks and relevant agencies to fashion out a blueprint for the kick-off of the programme.
The Conservator General, Dr. Ibrahim Goni, who stated this in a statement in Abuja, said their potential for recreation parks are exceedingly high, but they are not properly harnessed to achieve the goals.
Goni assured that they would support the private partnership initiative on the partial concession of the national parks by the Federal Government to provide recreational centres for citizens.