Published on : Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The event held at Eko Hotel and Suites with the theme ‘Tourism; Passport to Social and Economic emancipation in Africa” recorded the attendance of professionals in the industry who listened to and gained from the researched and statistics illustrative paper presented by Mrs. Kehinde Kamison, Managng Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sweet Sensation quick Service Restaurant and president, association of Fast Food Confectioners of Nigeria.
To quote Chief Abiodun Odunsanwo, President, Institute for Tourism Professionals in Nigeria, “We are in time of great changes in the tourism sector. Global tourism is about professionalization of the sector to achieve the international benchmark of quality, standard and efficiency. If Nigeria will be counted among the tourism world and love to have a big chunk of the share of the global tourism revenue, it must take professionalism in the sector serious, and that is why we have this institute saddled with the task of ensuring that professionalism reigns in the industry.”
In her paper, Mrs. Kamison highlighted the potent power of tourism, the global impact of tourism in poverty alleviation, employment generation, wealth stimulator, revenue cultivator and socio economic development.
She said that Nigeria has a lot to explore when it comes to tourism potentialities. Mrs. Kamson emphasized the urgency of professionalism in the tourism sector in Nigeria adding that , professionalism would ensure compliance with the ethics , standards , quality and near perfect customers’ relations. She said that the Nigeria tourism sector should ensure that it is professionalized for organizing the first ever National Tourism Symposium.
According to Chief Odusanwo “The Institute will never lower the banner of excellence . We are poised to raise Nigeria standard of service far above the benchmark of the code so that Nigeria will once become a scale of reference at the international level. That is our goal and our target.”