“The Goge Africa tourism training is designed to support capacity building in the tourism and hospitality industry to restore the confidence of the travel community. This will facilitate the revitalisation of the industry for financial viability”
OYAKHAMOH Y. CARL-ABU’BAKAR
Goge Africa, Africa premier tourism company run by Moses and Nneka recently hosted a free training programme for youth in collaboration with the Lagos state government, Sterling Bank, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) and Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).
The training programme which ran from June 1st to the 4th attracted hundreds of youths and tourist enthusiasts from across the globe.
The Managing Director of Goge Africa, Mrs Nneka Isaac – Moses speaking with the media said that “this initiative is in line with our mission to build capacity for 1, 000 tourism practitioners by 2025. The tourism industry worldwide is in need of reinvigoration following new travel regulations necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, there is no better time to upscale human capacity in line with global best practice in the tourism industry worldwide than now” she said.
“The Goge Africa tourism training is designed to support capacity building in the tourism and hospitality industry to restore the confidence of the travel community. This will facilitate the revitalisation of the industry for financial viability.”
Explaining that tourism has been truly affected by the covid pandemic, Nneka the chief executive explained that after over 20 years of practice, Goge Africa is excited about the opportunity to transfer knowledge and build capacity for the Tourism Industry in Nigeria and Africa
“In consideration of the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to provide some of our training to industry practitioners and new entrants at no financial cost. Through this training, we intend to develop tourism entrepreneurs with the requisite skills necessary for driving the promotion of domestic tourism in Nigeria and Africa”
The CEO also explained that the training programme is an offshoot of the series of interventions that the outfit launched last year.
“Our first intervention was an online five-episode series, captioned: ‘Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Tourism and Economic Development.’ held in 2020 with course contents in the areas of ecotourism and sustainable tourism; tour packaging; characteristics of a successful tour guide; social media, tour marketing; marketing and sales of tourism products for beginners; introduction to taxation for entrepreneurs; financial literacy; and scaling tourism business in a pandemic.
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