RIVERS SET TO BOOST HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, LISTS EIGHT CATERING REST HOUSES FOR CONCESSIONING

The Rivers State Executive Council has approved the concessioning of Eight Catering Rest Houses belonging to the State Government. The Catering Rest Houses include those at Ahoada, Elele, Okehi, Degema, Omoku, Isiokpo, Bori and Eleme Local Government Areas. A statement by Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, disclosed that the State Commissioner for Commerce, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwankpa announced this Thursday, June 11, … Continue reading RIVERS SET TO BOOST HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, LISTS EIGHT CATERING REST HOUSES FOR CONCESSIONING

THE HOTEL INDUSTRY: THE UPSIDE OF POST-COVID 19 DISPENSATION – By Chibuikem Diala

At the twilight of 2019, no one, predicted the global lockdown that has greatly affected the hotel and tourism industry. UNWTO reported that international tourists’ arrival grew by 4 % in 2019 to reach 1.5 billion and forecasts another 3% to 4% in 2020. With 2.4 million arrivals into Nigeria and many travelers moving within cities, countries and across continents, no one imagined the almost … Continue reading THE HOTEL INDUSTRY: THE UPSIDE OF POST-COVID 19 DISPENSATION – By Chibuikem Diala

Coronavirus: NSIRIM, RIVERS INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, CHARGES HOTELIERS ON COVID-19 PREVENTION

In furtherance of efforts being made to prevent Coronavirus infection in Rivers State, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has called on those in the hospitality business, particularly hotels, to ensure that they take the fight against the virus serious. A statement by Soibi Max-Alalibo, SA Media to the Hon Commissioner Ministry of Information and Communications, disclosed that Pastor Nsirim, who was … Continue reading Coronavirus: NSIRIM, RIVERS INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, CHARGES HOTELIERS ON COVID-19 PREVENTION

HOTEL HYGIENE AND SAFETY IS IN THE DETAIL – by Chibuikem Diala

How many times have you been checked into a poorly cleaned room? How many times have you been to a hotel bathroom with heavy stains welcoming you? Personally, I have been checked into a hotel room with ‘semen’ stains on the bed sheet. Though tired and needed rest, I called the reception for a change of sheets. Well, they did and this time, another patch … Continue reading HOTEL HYGIENE AND SAFETY IS IN THE DETAIL – by Chibuikem Diala

Governor Wike Appoints Yibo Koko As DG, Rivers Tourism Agency

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the appointment of Mr. Yibo Koko as the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency. A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo says that the appointment takes immediate effect. Koko is the initiator of the popular Seki Dance. Continue reading Governor Wike Appoints Yibo Koko As DG, Rivers Tourism Agency

FUNDING TOURISM FOR GROWTH – by Chibuikem Diala

“On same day that Saudi Arabia opened its doors to the world, the Kingdom announced an investment of $30 billion for the tourism sector. With such support, the potential for investors is phenomenal” When you want to grow a sector, you place adequate investments and create appropriate policies that enables such investments to thrive. Tourism is not farming, its a creative industry that evolves over … Continue reading FUNDING TOURISM FOR GROWTH – by Chibuikem Diala

THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: TIME TO DIVERSIFY YOUR SKILLS – By Chibuikem Diala

The emerging 4th Industrial Revolution (Digital Economy), might just be the biggest disruption element that will engineer the heavy Re-Skilling of the hospitality and tourism workforce. This underscores the urgent and growing need for the emergence of ‘new hospitality mindsets’ among industry actors in Nigeria. No doubt, part of the challenges facing the hotel industry is that of innovation and development. And I have spoken … Continue reading THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: TIME TO DIVERSIFY YOUR SKILLS – By Chibuikem Diala