Kanayo said during his familiarisation tour of the Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) that the industry was one of the non-oil sectors which the present administration was focusing attention on.
“And this is a place we have to key in as part of the transformation agenda to ensure that the tourism sector becomes that gold mine we will tap from like other countries to boost our economy,’’ Kanayo said.
He said the institute had a lot it could offer Nigerians and non-Nigerians in the areas of training and manpower development.
Earlier, Dantata said that the institute’s mandate was to ensure that training offered at all levels and cadres were streamlined, focused and properly coordinated.
“The institute is charged to provide training and grow manpower for not only Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism industry, but also for the entire West Africa region,’’ he said.
“NIHOTOUR is now moving on to becoming more of a regulatory agency for the training of industry sector manpower.
“The institute has a policy to have a training school in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
“We have achieved that with the current six training schools in operation,’’ the director-general said.
Dantata said that the institute was also planning to get the private sector and state governments involved in setting up training institutions for tourism and hospitality students and prospective practitioners.