The Director-General of  Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the Fund is set to establish a training institute in tourism and hospitality management in Lagos State.

According to him, this development is a response to his reaction concerning the country not being able to harness the abundant tourism potentials in Nigeria and economic opportunities it has, to boost its revenue base hence, to encourage interest in the sector.

Ari who was the Chairman at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Jos Trade Fair noted that tourism industry has become an important income earner for many economies across the globe and in some cases; it has outstripped mineral resources in terms of its contribution to the gross domestic product and Nigeria has no excuse not tapping into the tourism potentials.

Making reference to the importance of skills, he warned that, for tourism to thrive especially in Plateau State, citizens must be skilled in some of the trades like travel agencies, hospitality management, tour guides, catering and event management, leisure activities coordination and concierge among others which attract tourism.

Source: Vanguard