Nigeria’s dominance of West Africa’s bourgeoning sports and cultural tourism industry will be further showcased at the annual Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete, from September 8th to 10th 2022. This year’s Tournament and Fete will hold at the sprawling NSK Polo Ranch and Resort in Argungu, Kebbi State, North-West Nigeria.

In this interview with Africa Travel Herald (ATH), Chief Samuel Alabi - a former president of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) and the current Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman of the Federation - shares his opinion on the 2022 UN Sustainable Gastronomy Day celebration organized by NIHOTOUR and also made some suggestions on the way forward for tourism in Nigeria. Excerpts:

What is your impression of the 2022 World Gastronomy Day celebration organized by the NIHOTOUR?

This is unprecedented. I have been in this industry for more than 30 years; I can say confidently with my position in the tourism industry and specifically in the hospitality sector, this is unprecedented and should be done annually.

The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) is gearing up for a successful hosting of the United Nations World Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2022, the second edition in the country scheduled for Saturday, 18th June, 2022 at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Disclosing this to the press at the Abuja headquarters of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of NIHOTOUR said the 2022 edition of the event which promises to be educative and entertaining, is loaded with series of culinary activities to justify the objectives for the observance of the Day, and seeks to promote the art of food preparation and consumption by different cultures in a sustainable manner.

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The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has commenced eLearning programmes in partnership with the Eureka Consortium, an international education initiative with support from the European Union. NIHOTOUR’s eLearning project provides 27 specialist courses in Tourism Management, Hospitality Operation and Sustainable Development.

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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.

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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.

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(The newly appointed Director General of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, recently granted an exclusive interview to Justina Uzu of ThisDay Newspapers. In this no-holds-barred interview, the quintessential Director General revealed his plans to jump-start Nigeria tourism development following his appointment as the helmsman of the premier Hospitality and Tourism training Institute in Nigeria and West Africa.)

Question: Recently, we saw your efforts at sports-tourism segment of the Tourism industry especially during Argungu International Fishing Festival. Tell us about the 2020 edition (Argungu International Fishing Festival).

Answer: The 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival was epochal for many reasons, including the infusion of Polo tournament, which is sports tourism. Recall that prior to 2020, the fishing festival hadn't been held for 10 years. So, it was a Herculean task breaking the jinx to host the fishing festival and to include other tourism features. We were also able to make the fishing festival truly international by ensuring the cultural participation of five neighboring West African countries. 

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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 00:00

NIHOTOUR Gets New Campus in Benue State

Yesterday, November 30th 2020, the nineth NIHOTOUR regional campus in Makurdi, Benue State, comes on-stream as school was officially handed over by the State Government to the Federal government of Nigeria, to be operated by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR). 
 
The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, the Director General of NIHOTOUR, and Benue State Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, the Rt. Hon Ngunan Addingi, were among the dignitaries who participated in the formal handover ceremony in Makurdi. 
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Message by the Director General of NIHOTOUR on World Tourism Day 2020

Tourism is one of the most transformative socio-economic endeavours in the world today. The industry is responsible for one in ten jobs in the world. Tourism is a leading Export Service and a major source of foreign exchange earning tool for nations’ international Balance of Payment.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has over the years sought to diversify the economy by developing a sustainable tourism industry, in partnership with the private sector. This is one of the main reasons why NIHOTOUR was established in 1987 as the flagship Hospitality and Tourism training institute in Nigeria and West Africa.

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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.

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