Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in collaboration with Jumia Travel, an online travel agency providing online hotel reservations across the African continent, have trained the corporation’s staff on digital hotel and flight bookings.
Abuja City Manager of Jumia Travel, Opeyemi Alabi, who emphasized the imports of the training explained that “It would enable the staff to better sell Nigeria to the world, thereby increasing inbound tourism in the country and boosting the nation’s GDP.”
Alabi further described the Nigerian tourism industry as a growing one with a bright future, “as Nigerians, on a daily basis, get better sensitization on the importance of tourism.”
The partnership and training are parts of the indices of the NTDC Director-General, Mr. Folorunsho Coker’s agenda to drive domestic tourism promotion in the country with digital technology.
Earlier in his remarks, Coker reiterated that digital technology is globally employed to drive tourism, which he said necessitated the need for the staff of the Corporation to possess the needful technological knowledge and skills to drive the development of the Nigeria’s tourism industry.
He assured that his administration would ensure that the Corporation’s
staff operate in line with the international best practices, “which would enhance growth and redefinition of domestic tourism in the country, and ultimately have positive expression on the nation’s GDP.”
One of the participants of the training and General Manager, National Travel Bureau of the Corporation, Mrs. Chinyere Frank-Idegwu, who
commended the foresight of the DG, noted that the training is key to boosting Internal Generated Revenue of the Corporation.
She also described the training as useful and a reflection of the DG’s passion in ensuring that the staff are equipped with digital skills and tools, adding that “the training gave better insight into hotel standardization and global best practices.”
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