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Collaborate with NIHOTOUR to grow hospitality industry, FG urges operators

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[FILES] Lai Mohammed. Photo/TWITTER/FMICNIGERIA

The Federal Government has called on operators in the hospitality industry to collaborate with the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in manpower and capacity development so as to reposition the sector for better service delivery, enhanced performance and sustainable operations in the sector.
 
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who made the call at the commissioning of Marriot Hotel in Lagos, said the sustainability of growth in the hospitality industry is heavily dependent on the capacity of human resources and talent, which NIHOTOUR was established to provide for the nation’s Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry.
 
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Osibanjo, who was represented by the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, further called on all stakeholders in the industry to place greater focus and priority on building capacity and harnessing talents of the indigenous people and vast tourism potentials of the communities where they operate in the country.  
 
Prof. Osinbajo extolled the resilience of the hospitality industry in bouncing back to operations after it was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, expressing delight that the industry is taking advantage of technological innovations to adapt to the new norms of providing contact-less services as well as strictly observing the non-pharmaceutical Covid-19 protocols in its impeachable business operations within the sector.  
 
While reiterating the commitment of the Federal Government to continuously formulate effective policies that will provide the enabling environment for the hospitality industry in Nigeria to operate in line with global best practices and compete favourably with other world-class hotels, Prof. Osinbajo thanked the proprietor of Marriot Hotel for choosing to invest in Nigeria and for erecting the magnificent edifice that is today the pride of the Nigerian hospitality industry.

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