Balogun harps on professionalism; as NIHOTOUR ends training workshop on Brand Nigeria for travel writers, security operatives in Lagos

Posted: November 18, 2016 in general

Mrs Balogun (second from left) and former director of the institute and resource person, Abdulhamid Sheriff (second from right), at the one-day training workshop for travel writers and security operators in Lagos, penultimate Tuesday

Director General of the National institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs. Chika Balogun, has urged journalists and security operatives in the travel and tourism industry to strives for professionalism in the discharge of the duties as it relates to the promotion and showcase of the Brand Nigeria product.

Balogun, said this while declaring open the one-day training workshop for travel and tourism journalists as well as personnel of select para-military organizations involved in the industry, organized by her institute, which concluded in Ikeja, Lagos, penultimate Tuesday.

Held under the theme of; ‘Global tourism ethics and ethics on brand Nigeria,’ the event was attended by security operatives from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the police, 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 Nigeria needed to be promoted in positive light and branded accurately in line with global tourism ethics.

Continuing, Balogun stressed 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 this informed her agency, NIHOTOUR in deciding to bring together both the journalists and security agents together in one forum ‘to promote Nigeria for a better day ahead.’

Balogun, therefore, 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.

Remarking, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, represented by the Director of Domestic Tourism and Control in the ministry, Mrs. Ada Okoli, commended the institute for organizing the event, even as the minister further reiterated the importance of the media towards promoting Nigeria tourism as a marketable brand.

The training workshop was divided into two technical sessions with one session devoted to the training of the security agents and the other to the travel journalists with resource persons and experts on security, branding and destination promotion, tourism ethics and other related topics.

While distributing the Certificates of attendance to participants, Balogun, charged them to put to good use the knowledge acquired at the workshop, just as she assured that her agency would on a regular basis hold such training sessions for the different segments of the society in accordance with its mandate.


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