The Institute of Hospitality,UK, Nigeria chapter has said that there is need to re-engineer the curricula of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism courses in Nigeria to meet the intellectual need of the country as it is done in in the developed world.
Speaking on hospitality training in Nigeria at the body’s last business meeting of the institute in Lagos recently issue, the guest speaker at the meeting, Mr. Ade Iyiade, said that after a careful analysis of the courses constituting the HLT curricula, roles of government agencies in the HLT courses and the industry and the perceptions of HLT graduates within the industry, among others, he recommended: “There is the need to re-engineer the programme as it is being done in the developed world where a graduate of Hospitality and Tourism could be hotel sales and marketing manger, hotel accountant, accommodation manager or room division director, human resources manager.
“It is essential that both those in industry and the universities continue to discuss the current issues in hospitality training and education, so that we can develop current and futrure managers. The curriculum need to be restructured and multi-skilled professionals attracted. This sort of manpower mix in the department will bring in more researches in the areas of consumer behaviour, human resources, marketing, quality management, ICT and so on.
“The main problem of the profession is the curriculum- over emphasis on cooking and food service. The programme needs to have strong operational base along with managerial capability