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Monday, 28 December 2015 09:22

TOURISM POTENTIALS OF BENUE,SUFFICIENT TO PUT THE STATE ON WORLD TOURISM MAP,SAYS DG NIHOTOUR

The Director General of the National Institute for Hospital and Tourism (NIHOTOUR),Mrs.Chika Balogun has extols the tourism potentials of Benue State,saying that in addition to being the food basket of Nigeria the State is a tourism haven of the country.

Mrs Balogun who stated this when she paid an official courtesy visit on the Governor of Benue State Dr. Samuel  Ortom, said the state is abundantly blessed with diverse tourism potentials that if   appropriately tapped and harnessed,will serve as an additional or possibly alternative source of revenue for the state.

She  said tourism has the vibrancy and potency to create jobs for the teeming youth population of the state,positing that tourism has an up to down trickling effect of work performance and monetary earnings in the various sub sectors of the industry.

The Director General also called on the Governor to  put the necessary structures on ground in order   to effectively tap from the state tourism potentials as well as reap fully of the benefits from the industry, stressing that drawing a road map by way of a Tourism Master Plan is key to the entrance of Benue State into the lucrative business of the hospitality and tourism industry.

In his response,the Governor,Dr. Samuel Ortom said the Director General’s visit couldn’t have come   at a better time than now,when the state government is searching for possible alternative sources of revenue in the face dwindling resources from oils.

Dr. Ortom stated the readiness of his administration to partner with NIHOTOUR in harnessing the state tourism potentials for the benefit of the people of the state,adding that job creation is one of the key areas his administration hopes to achieve and  expressed  happiness that the hospitality and tourism industry is coming in handy for the government to achieve its goal.

The Governor then directed the state Ministry of Arts,Culture and Tourism to immediately put in   motion necessary apparatus for cordial working relationship with NIHOTOUR to ensure the realization of this lofty initiative.


AHMED MOHAMMED SULE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

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