Plans Underway For National Workshop On Hotels & Allied Services Sector
A national workshop on improving technology transfer capabilities & capacity building in the Hotels and allied services sector in Nigeria is underway with the principal objective of harnessing the huge potentials of the hotels and allied services sector in Nigeria for wealth creation, poverty alleviation and employment generation.
Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Engr. Umar Bindir revealed this when he led the Management staff of NOTAP on a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Dr. Munzali Dantata.
Dr. Bindir expressed regrets that Nigeria has over 500 public institutions but the nation cannot achieve meaningful progress due to lack of synergy amongst the institutions to solve the various problems facing the country.
He said Nigeria cannot benefit from globalization if such institutions continue working in isolation and therefore advocates for strategic partnership amongst such institutions to solve the nation’s problems.
Dr. Bindir revealed that in its function of regulating technology transfer agreements in the hospitality industry, NOTAP observed that a huge amount of foreign exchange is leaving the shores of Nigeria through technology transfer agreements in the sector.
He pointed out that technical management services and skills available in Nigeria are not sufficiently utilized in the hotels and tourism industry but rather most of the operators source their know how outside the country. ''Knowledge emanating from our tertiary institutions are not utilized to grow the hotels and hospitality industry to internationally status'', he stressed.
Dr. Bindir also pointed out that Nigeria is blessed with abundant food delicacies from different parts of the country but the nation has not been able to develop franchises that can be marketed internationally.
He said NOTAP's role is to trigger discussions amongst relevant institutions and stakeholders in the hospitality sector that will unleash Nigeria's potentials as a great nation.
He therefore called for partnership with NIHOTOUR and other stakeholders to realize these objectives through a national forum that will bring together all stakeholders in the hospitality industry.
Responding, Dr. Munzali Dantata commended NOTAP for its initiative to seek partnership with the Institute to change this trend which he emphasized will help generate high profile employment in the hospitality and tourism industry for Nigerians in support of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration.
He revealed that Nigeria has no indigenous internationally branded hotel stressing that most hotels in Nigeria are running on foreign franchises thus depriving the nation of huge revenue from the industry.
The workshop which is expected to be held in September this year has amongst its objectives; to provide a platform for stakeholders in the sector to examine the challenges facing the hotels and allied services sector, access the contributions of foreign technology in the development of the sector, examine the trends of technology transfer fees in the sector vis-à-vis international practices, identify the research needs of the sector and potentials for collaboration with research institutions for capacity development and examine the prospects of development of local brands of Nigerian hotels for possible export.