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Africa: NIHOTOUR DG, Nura Kangiwa to cooperate with NATOP to rid the travel, hospitality, tourism industry of quackery and improve the quality of tourist services in Nigeria.

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The Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Nura Kangiwa, has said the agency will partner with the Nigeria Association of Tourism Operators (NATOP), to rid the travel, hospitality and tourism industry of quackery and to improve the quality of tourist services which is the cornerstone of Tour Operations in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM), of the association held in the prestigious Bimbo Owolabi Hall of Afe Babalola University, Ekiti State, Kangiwa lauded NATOP for the theme of the conference: “Tourism and Green Investment in Nigeria”, which is in sync with the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2023 theme, to be hosted by Saudi Arabia, from 26th to 28th September.

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GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM (NIHOTOUR) AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF NIGERIA ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS (NATOP) HOLDING IN ADO EKITI ON THE 14TH OF JULY 2023

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On the occasion of this year 2023 Annual General Meeting, I commend all the hardworking members of Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), ably led by the industrious and indefatigable National President, Mrs. Ime Udo.

Over the years, I have keenly observed the pivotal roles by NATOP in the evolution of Nigeria as an emerging domestic and inbound Africa tourism destination. Hence, the theme of this 2023 NATOP Annual General Meeting, which is: “Tourism and Green Investment in Nigeria”, validates NATOP’s foresightedness in championing the development of tourism business in Nigeria.

More so, it is understandable to me, that NATOP’s 2023 AGM theme is in-line with the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2023 theme, to be hosted by Saudi Arabia, from 26th to 28th September. The theme is also, “Tourism and Green Investments – Investing in People, Planet and Prosperity”.

Indeed, the UNWTO, in choosing this year’s theme, clarified that, (I quote), “the UNWTO has identified investments as one of the key priorities for tourism’s recovery and future growth and development. For World Tourism Day 2023, UNWTO highlights the need for more and better-targeted investments for people, for planet and for prosperity. Now is the time for new and innovative solutions, not just traditional investments that promote and underpin economic growth and productivity.”

Accordingly, as the Director General of NIHOTOUR, I dare say that, the leaderships of both NATOP and the UNWTO couldn’t have chosen a more pragmatic and germanane theme relevant for Nigerian tourism and the global tourism industry. Because, in essence, the tourism industry, both in principle and practice is pro-people, and easily leads to inclusive economic growth for practitioners and host communities, if investments are strategically thought-through.

By now, I am sure that every NATOP member, and indeed, everyone in this AGM knows that NIHOTOUR, by the recently assented Act of Parliament, is established to not only Train, but additionally, the Institute is mandated to Certify and Register all personnel in Nigeria’s hospitality, travel, and tourism sectors. To this end, NIHOTOUR seeks your cooperation and partnership to rid the industry of quackery and to, overtime, improve the quality of tourist services which is the cornerstone of Tour Operations in Nigeria.

As the Director General of NIHOTOUR, I pledge to you that my doors are always open to support NATOP members’ Continuous Professional Development, for the eventual entrenchment of hospitality and tourism global best practices in Nigeria.

I, therefore, wish you the best deliberations in this 2023 NATOP Annual General Meeting, as I eagerly await your communique for Green Investment in Nigeria’s tourism industry.

God bless NATOP!
God bless Nigerian Tourism!!
And God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

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