Strategic approach essential to the development of sustainable tourism
August 19 (THEWILL) – The effective application of modern technology, collaboration, capacity building, among others, are seen as non-negotiable and essential for overcoming inhibitions affecting the growth of tourism in Nigeria.
In this report, TheWill writes about the need for a more strategic policy to address the major challenges of the tourism sector.
Nigerian tourism industry players are pushing for the adoption of digital technology, a real-value partnership to boost tourism activity in the country, according to a report. They reiterated that getting involved in a partnership with like-minded practitioners is a recipe for business sustainability.
With the commitment to train the hospitality industry and tourism operators, they are confident that such giant leaps will improve the status of the tourism industry across Nigeria. Stakeholders reaffirmed their commitments to train hotel and tourism operators, which would further strengthen the continuous improvement of the industry.
Earlier, Akwa Ibom’s Governor Emmanuel Udom advised tourism players to devise new methods that would make the country’s tourism industry attractive and economically beneficial.
He pledged the assistance and partnership of the state government, but urged practitioners to adopt measures that would project their services and attract goodwill to the country.
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed called on operators and practitioners in the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry to seize the opportunity offered by the global Covid-19 pandemic to redefine the strategy and reposition the industry for better growth and development through the application of digital technology, noting that as severe and critical as the pandemic is, it is a revelation for the Nigerian tourism industry to be resilient in ensuring that the industry works for the socio-economic good of the country.
Lai Mohammed who made the call in Abuja recently said that the development of human capital in the Nigerian tourism sector must comply with the provisions of the Covid-19 Protocol Guidelines for the Safety of Service Providers and Customers to strengthen confidence in the sector.
At first, NCF General Manager Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano noted.
“And we have a consultant who is a tourism expert who is developing a component and we have biodiversity experts who are working together to propel the proposal for this program jointly are NTDC and another organization of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) . It’s a very big step and I think we can pilot the Shaka and the Yankari.
The Director General of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, noted that “the main mandate of the institute is to provide basic, intermediate and advanced vocational training to those interested in the tourism and hotel sector.
“A request for training would be welcome as the institute operates more than eight campuses.
“With NIHOTOUR certification, individuals should be assured of working in any tourism and hospitality business in the country and beyond.”
“We are constantly improving and we remain committed to providing the necessary training for every hotel and tourism operator.”
Akwaaba Africa Travel and Tourism Market founder Ikechi Uko has maintained his constant advocacy for the government to partner with tourism investors in Nigeria to develop tourism businesses.
Also speaking, Dr Ifeoma Adora Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, said staff in the tourism and hospitality sector in Nigeria need to acquire skills that will enable them to carry out their jobs. activities in a more secure and sustainable way in the face of Covid. -19 pandemic, ensuring that NIHOTOUR is in a better position to provide the platform to have an impact on the skills needed for such professional conduct that strictly adhere to non-pharmaceutical Covid-19 protocols.
She said the current technological breakthrough in ICT has made it possible for people to do business without much physical contact through the deployment of electronic and online transactions which are an essential part of the provisions of the Covid-19 protocol.
Alhaji Kangiwa said that although the tourism and hospitality sector is hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic globally, the industry remains the most viable sector in the Nigerian economy, stressing that while government measures and proactive efforts must be appreciated to stem the tide of Covid. -19 pandemic, actors in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry must deploy the use of modern technology to adequately equip themselves with the skills necessary for effective and efficient service delivery without compromising their safety and their well-being and those of patronizing customers against the deadly virus.
The governor’s special advisor on tourism, arts and culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, unveiled the ministry’s plans to train 500 young people from the state’s five IBILE divisions as tour guides. He also said the tour guides in place would complement efforts to domesticate tourism activities in local government areas. “With this idea, tourists visiting our state would now have a better experience as they would be professionally guided and escorted to all of the state’s tourist sites by locals with local knowledge of their respective communities.”
In short, in the same way that the ministry trains creative practitioners through its Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative, LACI, tour guides and tour club members will also be trained to respond to the needs of tourists in all our tourist sites.