TOURISM & HOS­PI­TAL­ITY FO­RUM 2016

Hospitality 9ja - - Content - or­ga­nized by The In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors, Nige­ria

17th of May 2016, be­held yet an­other land­mark in the ad­vance­ment of Nige­rian tourism with the Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Fo­rum 2016 or­ga­nized by The In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors Nige­ria (IOD). Held at the pres­ti­gious Eko Ho­tel and Suites, La­gos, the event was geared to­wards prof­fer­ing ideas and so­lu­tions for uplift­ing the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try in Nige­ria, a grossly un­tapped yet po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive sec­tor for the coun­try as well as the pri­vate sec­tor. Tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity is the most sig­nif­i­cant form of for­eign ex­change and the high­est sin­gle em­ployer of la­bor.

The dis­cus­sion was stim­u­lat­ing and thought­pro­vok­ing with every dis­cus­sant shed­ding light on sev­eral key ar­eas worth look­ing into:

The South African Tourism Chief Qual­ity As­sur­ance Of­fi­cer, Dar­ryl Eras­mus elu­ci­dated the need for and strat­egy to­wards grad­ing and struc­tur­ing proper qual­ity as­sur­ance checks for hos­pi­tal­ity ven­tures in Nige­ria and it’s ben­e­fits. He cited the South African par­a­digm as one that could be repli­cated in Nige­ria and added that South Africa was in­deed will­ing to ren­der sup­port in ac­tu­al­iz­ing this. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Nige­ria Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Dr. Sally Mbanefo gave in-depth in­for­ma­tion about Nige­ria’s tourism drive and re­sults thus far, places and ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est that need fo­cus, the di­verse tourism po­ten­tial and all the more. Mr Joseph Olofin­sola gave thought-pro­vok­ing sta­tis­tics about the snail paced growth of Nige­ria’s tourism drive and its com­pet­i­tive sta­tus in the world. An anal­y­sis of In­dian tourism de­vel­op­ment was also given as a model.

The Ooni of Ife also spoke about Nige­ria’s tourism po­ten­tial, de­scrib­ing the na­tion as the most blessed in the world. The pioneer of Ife Tourism men­tioned a num­ber of indige­nous ar­ti­facts and crafts that are presently been dis­played in mu­se­ums all over the world, im­plor­ing me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to project the coun­try with a cup-half-full per­spec­tive in or­der to sell Nige­ria to the world. He fur­ther men­tioned some cul­tural mys­ter­ies and won­ders worth show­cas­ing to the world at large.

Other speak­ers in­clude the La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture, Hon. Folorun­sho Fo­larin-coker, Founder of Hotel­oga, Marek Zymys­lowski and the Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, Chief Tomi Ak­ing­bo­gun.

NTDC fo­cus is tuned to­wards de­vel­op­ing do­mes­tic tourism and first at­tract­ing both Nige­ri­ans and For­eign­ers liv­ing in Nige­ria to pa­tron­ize global.” her tourism prod­ucts as a pre­quel to go­ing

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Dr. Sally Uwechue Mbanefo

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