From Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
In continuation of its vocational skill acquisition training of youths and women across the six geo-political zones of the country, the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has concluded arrangements to impact knowledge-based Tour Guiding skills for youths and women in Kebbi State during occasion marking the 2021 World Tourism Day celebration to be hosted in Kebbi State.
The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa noted that in line with the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day: Tourism for Inclusive Growth, NIHOTOUR is poised to make the celebration a grand cultural event that will impart positively on the socio-economic lives of the people of the state.
According to a Press Statement signed by Ahmed Mohammed Sule, Director, Media and Public Relations of NIHOTOUR made available to newsmen Tuesday, the events slated for the annual program are meant to highlight Nigeria’s rich cultural and sport tourism endowments.
“Argungu Emirate is known as the flagship of Nigeria’s cultural and sport destination because of its prestigious International Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, the training of the youths of the state in tour guiding will empower them to partake in the promotional activities of tourism in the state, thus providing them with skills for gainful self-employment”.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) had stated that the choice of this year’s theme, “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”, was informed by the need to focus attention on people -centred tourism engagements and to ensure that in celebrating the World Tourism Day 2021, no person is left behind as the world begins to open up for robust tourism activities that was abruptly interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic”.
According to available information from the Travel Tourism Department of NIHOTOUR, the Tour Guiding exercise tagged Tour Guiding Operations for Women and Youths in Kebbi State, is billed to commence from Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th September 2021 and will put participants through the rudiments of tour guiding in view of the large number of tourists that troop into the tourism endowed state for the various sports and socio-cultural events annually.