The Calabar Hospitality House has turned into the main instructional hub in South-South Nigeria to be guaranteed by the Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP) as a certificate granting organization.
The President of ITP, Chief Abiodun Odunsanwo who introduced the affirmation plaque on Friday, in Calabar to the CHH group energized them to experience their duties and prepare experts in the tourism division.
He urged specialists to dependably build up their ability through retraining and complimented CHH head, Mrs. Justina Ovat following the affirmation of her selection as an individual from the establishment.
This implies she can append the acronym, “MITP” after her name.
Handling inquiries from A Source, Mrs. Ovat said she is overpowered with delight as it assumed control two years for the affirmation to happen.
“CHH is the first approved Centre in South-South Nigeria,” Ovat said, adding that she is; “very fulfilled as the criteria were very stringent.”
Cross River State is known for its tourism. What’s more, Ovat said the CHH confirmation will positively affect the part of the state as more guaranteed experts will be accessible for training.
“CHH will provide faculty and facilities for the training and the ITP will assess them through examinations and then certify them,” she said.
On its effect on the Cross River Economy, Mrs. Ovat affirmed that: ‘Cross River State is a foremost tourism destination rich with tour sites; both heritage sites and biodiversity hotspots. We can also boast of a good number of Tourism and hospitality facilities and establishments but not of skilled and professional manpower which makes the state, not visitor ready.
“This initiative will ensure the availability of a constant pool of professional manpower with relevant industry related certifications across every level of the industry.”
Ovat is additionally a guide to the Cross River State Government on Hospitality and Tourism. What’s more, close by the Managing Director of the State’s Tourism Bureau, Mr. Forgiving Umina; the General Manager, Corporate Services in the Bureau, Dr. Joe Ekeh; the Director, Tourism Development, Mr. Tony Bassey were altogether granted participation declarations by the ITP president.
In the interim, Professor Bassey Esu of the Department of Hospitality Marketing in the University of Calabar was granted a kindred of the establishment.
This comes a very long time after Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade had said the state will build up a worldwide friendliness school in an association with the South African government.