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Nigeria Association of Tour Operators Honours DGs of Tourism Agencies

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Nigeria Association of Tour Operators Honours DGs of Tourism Agencies
Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) has recognized the outstanding contributions of the Director Generals of the National Council for Art and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, and the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority, Chief Folorunsho Coker.

The Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) has recently bestowed distinguished tourism awards upon three eminent personalities who have played significant roles in the development and promotion of tourism in Nigeria. The Director Generals of the National Council for Art and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, and the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority, Chief Folorunsho Coker have been recognized for their exemplary contributions.

Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa received the prestigious Tourism, Hospitality Award of Excellence in recognition of his remarkable efforts in redefining excellence in tourism and hospitality training in Nigeria. This accolade reflects his commitment to raising the standards of the tourism and hospitality sector in the country.

Otunba Segun Runsewe, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was honored with the Tourism Pioneer Award for his steadfast promotion of culture and tourism in Nigeria. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in showcasing the rich cultural heritage and diverse tourism offerings of Nigeria to the world.

Chief Folorunsho Coker was presented with the Outstanding Tourism Personality of the Year award. This prestigious recognition highlights his significant contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian tourism industry. As the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority, Chief Coker has tirelessly worked towards promoting Nigeria as a premier tourist destination.

Receiving the awards on behalf of Otunba Segun Runsewe, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa expressed his appreciation for the recognition and pledged to continue striving towards the advancement of the tourism industry. He commended NATOP for its instrumental role in positioning Nigeria as an emerging domestic and inbound African tourism destination.

Addressing the audience, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa emphasized the relevance of the theme for this year's NATOP Annual General Meeting, "Tourism and Green Investment in Nigeria." He highlighted the alignment of NATOP's chosen theme with the theme of the upcoming UNWTO World Tourism Day 2023, "Tourism and Green Investments, Investing in People, Planet, and Prosperity."

Alhaji Kangiwa emphasized the importance of strategic investments in driving tourism's recovery, growth, and future development. He emphasized the need for innovative solutions that go beyond traditional investments and promote sustainable economic growth, productivity, and inclusivity.

Furthermore, he elaborated on the role of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in enhancing the quality of tourist services in Nigeria. As the Director General of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Kangiwa voiced his commitment to supporting NATOP members' continuous professional development and fostering the implementation of global best practices in the hospitality and tourism industry of Nigeria.

Folorunsho Coker, represented by Rev. Ebenezer Adesoke, commended NATOP's leadership and its efforts in driving industry innovation and professional growth. He pledged continuous collaboration with NATOP, focusing on technological advancements and the provision of cutting-edge tools and resources to boost the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) within the tourism sector.

Highlighting the issue of quackery in the industry, Chief Coker reiterated the importance of protecting and upholding the professionalism of tour operators. He acknowledged the ongoing collaboration between the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority (NTDA) and Google through the Google Street View project. This partnership aims to provide tour operators with indispensable tools for showcasing Nigerian destinations.

In conclusion, the recognition bestowed upon the Director Generals of the National Council for Art and Culture, the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, and the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority reflects their remarkable contributions to the advancement of the tourism sector. Their dedication to promoting Nigerian culture, enhancing hospitality training, and positioning Nigeria as a top tourist destination is vital for the growth and development of Nigeria's tourism industry.

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