The Director General of the National institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs. Chika Balogun, has called on travel journalists and security agents across the country to adopt a positive disposition towards the promotion of Nigeria as a tourist destination.
She said this will help to attract the right attention to the country in its quest to diversifying its economy as a way of overcoming the present recession in the country.
Balogun made the call while declaring open a training workshop organised by her institute in Lagos recently.
The theme of the training was “Global tourism ethics and ethics on brand Nigeria”, and it was attended by security officers from Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps and tourism journalists.
According to her, if the task of making Nigeria one of the top 20 destinations in the world is to be achieved the country needs to be promoted in a positive light and branded accurately in line with global tourism ethics.
Travel journalists and security agents, she said have greater role to play in this regard.
She said that there is the need to equip journalists and security agents on the appropriate ethics that would help in the branding of the country, adding that NIHOTOUR has decided to bring together both the journalists and security agents based on what she said is “our collective resolve to promote Nigeria for a better day ahead”.
Mrs. Balogun then appealed to the travel journalists to make the necessary effort to promote Nigeria tourism in positive light while she called on the security agents to cooperate with tourism operators in protecting the country and ensuring that the right controls and measures are put in place to secure the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was the special guest of honour, was represented by the Director of Domestic Tourism and Control in the ministry, Mrs. Ada Okoli.
The event had two technical sessions with one session devoted to the training of the security agents and the other to the travel journalists with experts on security, brand and destination building, tourism ethics and other related topics taking them through the rudiments of the topics.