By VICTOR NZE
An agency in the Federal Ministry of Culture, Information, the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has concluded plan to organize a four-day training programme for the tourism media practitioners in the country, under the auspices of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET).
A statement by the Acting Director General of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Kabir M. Momoh, said the training section is scheduled to hold between April 8 and 11 in Abuja, further disclosing that the title for this year’s programme is; ‘Tourism Journalism Communication Training 2019, under the theme of: Building a Sustainable Destination through Tourism Reportage.
According to Momoh, training is one of the core mandates of the institute, as it has over the years developed teaching modules and training packages for the different operators of tourism businesses in Nigeria, even as he stressed the need to train travel journalists on a regular basis so as to expose them to developments in the sector and skills that would enhance their reportage of the sector.
According to him, ANJET members are part of the tourism family and are crucial to the developments and achievements that the sector has recorded over the years.
Explaining that the decision by NIHOTOUR and other partners to commitment human capital and resources to organise the training section is to consolidate on these gains and ensure the sustainability of the sector as without a well informed and equipped crop of tourism media that the sector stands to suffer a lot.
To this end, Momoh commended the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe and his counterpart at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin – Coker, as well as other partners for collaborating with NIHOTOUR to deliver on the training programme for this year.
The formal opening ceremony of the programme is bill to hold on April 8, with a keynote address to be delivered on the theme, with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as special guest of honour.
Other special guests include the chairmen and members of culture and tourism committees in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as members of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN).