National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), has sort for collaborative partnership with the Chinese embassy in the area of human capacity development.
The Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Tuesday made the request when he paid a courtesy call on the Attaché of the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office, Mr. Wu Lyufan of the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Abuja
Kangiwa said the partnership will help the institute enhance its performance in the delivery of its mandate of personnel training in the Nigerian Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry.
He observed that China is noted for its reputation in manpower training and development worldwide particularly in skill acquisition and Hands-on training which NIHOTOUR will be glad to benefit from.
The Director General also reiterated the commitment and resolve of the federal government to revitalize every sector of the economy due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the travel tourism and hospitality sub sector which was the hardest hit by the pandemic due to restrictions placed on the movement of people globally.
He said since its establishment over three decades ago, NIHOTOUR has trained over 10,000 certified IATA personnel in the nation’s Travel and Tourism industry and attained the best IATA training centre in Africa and among the top ten best IATA training centres globally, noting that the Institute will do better if its staff receive training and retraining that will upscale their knowledge in line with new global skills and innovations in personnel training of the travel tourism and hospitality industry.
In his response, Mr. Wu Lyufan expressed his happiness with the visit, noting that his office will do everything possible to offer training slots for NIHOTOUR staff in China as soon as the embargo placed on training occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic is lifted.
He said Chinese Government as well as the people of China are keenly interested in the culture and traditions of Nigeria and are ever willing for such cultural interface between the two countries and exchange of training programs.
Mr. Wu said the Chinese people are great travellers and will like to make Nigeria their preferred tour destination in view of its rich cultural heritage and vibrant traditions which are strong tourism attractions.
The Attaché promised to continue to offer all necessary support to NIHOTOUR in line with the healthy cordial relationship already existing between the Embassy and the Institute.