From Abel Léonard, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government, in collaboration with the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, NIHTOUR began training thirty-five selected interns from the 13 local government areas of the state on destinations and tour guides in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the Lawyer of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Yusuf Musa, said that the training was to reposition the growth of the tourism sector through organized organized tours,
Adding that the aim is also to educate and train staff from each area of local government to serve as a guide for tourists and investors visiting the state.
According to him, the current administration under the leadership of Engr. Abdullahi Sule identified tourism as a huge avenue for economic diversification and capital empowerment in the state, determined to reposition the sector.
Musa explained that the challenges facing tourism growth are no longer poor infrastructure and low investment, but the lack of qualified human capital to manage, promote and market existing tourism facilities.
The permanent secretary, however, instructed all participants to be attentive to their tutors, affirming that “tourists only spend their resources where there is adequate information on the tourist products and services rendered to satisfy their quest for leisure and relaxation. , hence the need to absorb adequate knowledge. of their environment. he noted
Also speaking, the Director General of the National Hotel and Tourism Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who revealed that tourism is the largest employer of labor and source of income in a country, hence the need to market the sector in the country.
The Director General represented by the Head of the Travel and Tourism Studies Department, Comrade Edwin Enenta, added that at the end of the training, participants should familiarize themselves with the state’s tourism resources as well as the skills necessary to market them to the world.
Comrade Muhammad Umar Doma, who spoke on behalf of all the participants, appreciates the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism for the opportunity given to them to obtain useful information on tourism in the State, promising to use the acquired knowledge for the growth of the State.