The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has successfully organised a Train-the-Trainer programme on Hospitality and Tourism Trade for Tourism and Hospitality trainers and tourism journalists in the Lagos area of the industry.

The training was held from Monday, June 10, to Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Centre for Management Development (CMD), Magodo, Lagos.

Participants in the training were drawn from leading hospitality and tourism schools in South-West Nigeria. There were also tourism journalists from leading print and electronic news organisations in Nigeria.

The Director General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Sani Kangiwa, while speaking on the objectives of the Train-the-Trainer programme emphasised that “the primary mandate of NIHOTOUR is to provide basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of training for personnel in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism sectors.

As such this train-the-trainer programme in Lagos is one of the numerous capacity development programmes we annually hold, across Nigeria’s six-geo zones, to retrain and upskill instructors in the trades of tourism and hospitality in related schools.”

Kangiwa elaborated that the “training package had three different areas of focus including, Train-the-Trainer on Hospitality and Tourism Trade; Educational Awareness and Training on Conservation, Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Materials in South-West Zone of Nigeria; and Digital Content Creation for Tourism Journalists.”

The sessions on train-the-trainer in hospitality and tourism trade addressed emerging management schools of thought and best practices in trainer-trainee relationships, effective mentorship, and sustaining tourism learning ecosystems.

Similarly, the sessions on Educational Awareness and Training on Conservation, Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Materials in the South-West Zone of Nigeria included studies on Yoruba cultural heritage appreciation and best practices on the management of traditional relics for greater tourist and visitor experiences.

Members of the Association of Travel and Tourism Writers of Nigeria (ATTWON) and other independent travel journalists were part of the session on Digital Content Creation for tourism in Nigeria.

“The training focus areas included mastery of social media platforms tourism news reportage, usage of computer applications for curating pictures and best tools for editing videos using handheld devices like smartphones and tablets.


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