Analyst optimistic about more jobs from tourism sector in 2014


a Freedom Band presentation at the just-concluded Calabar CarnivalMr. Wale Odeyemi, the Zonal Coordinator, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, South West Campus, on Friday said that tourism sector would boost employment in the country in 2014.

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Odeyemi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, a lot of hotels and recreation centres are springing up across the country and these would take some unemployed youths off the streets.

“Tourism industry has a lot of prospects for the unemployed youths as more hotels and other recreation centres are developing across the country.

“There is hardly a place you travel to without noticing new hotel being opened. Such a development will indeed boost employment in 2014, if the trend continues,” Odeyemi told NAN.

He said that it was important that relevant government authorities should ensure that hotels built by investors meet the minimum standards required in the hospitality industry.

The tourism expert said that poor infrastructure was the major challenge facing the development of tourism in the country.

Odeyemi said that under-developed infrastructure had discouraged more investors from coming to invest in the industry.

He urged the three tiers of government to collaborate with the private sector to ensure the development of adequate infrastructure, especially in the remote areas.

Odeyemi said that such a gesture would add value to tourism sites located in the remote areas.

Source: (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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