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.
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.
Coker, in his remarks, reiterated that digital technology is globally employed to drive tourism, which according to him, 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 added 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.”
However, the City Manager of Jumia Travel (Abuja), Opeyemi Alabi, described the Nigerian tourism industry as a growing one with a bright future, “as Nigerians, on a daily basis, gets better sensitisation on the imports of tourism.”
Alabi noted that the training would enable the staff to better sell Nigeria to the world, thereby increasing inbound tourism in the country and boosting 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, said the training is key to boosting Internal Generated Revenue of the Corporation.