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Akwa Ibom Government to issue licences to hoteliers, tourism centres

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All hotels and tourism centres In Akwa Ibom are to be given licences, a must-have if they are to operate in the ‘Best Tourism State in Nigeria’, an official has said.

Mr Ini Akpabio, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Hotels Management And Tourism Board said plans had been concluded with the National Institute for Hospitality And Tourism to train staff working in hotels and tourism centres in the state before the operating license would be given to them.

“We have reached out to the federal government through the National Institute for Hospitality And Tourism, which is recognised for all hotel, catering and training in the whole country and they have agreed to partner with us,” Akpabio told journalists in Uyo. “What we intend to do is to train all the people that work within the Hospitality and Tourism Industries in Akwa Ibom State.”

Mr Ini Akpabio, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Hotels Management and Tourism Board.

Speaking further, Akpabio said “we will give them what we call ‘operational permit‘. Explaining, he said “Operational Permit means that in the future, you cannot go to a bar and somebody serves you drink without Bar Attendant’s Permit. A Bar Attendant’s Permit means that you have been trained to be a barman and you can serve customers properly. By doing this, we will increase even the service standard.”

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IBOM LEAK NEWS had reported how Akwa Ibom emerged Best Tourism State in Nigeria in 2020. The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Mr Orman Esin, on behalf of the State, received the award at an event organised at the Abuja Jabamah by the Wonders of Nigeria Expo.

Commenting, Akpabio noted that “it is not that we have succeeded 100% but when you compare our state to other states in the country, you will agree with me that the level of security here is very high, which accounts for us being described as the destination point for tourists”.

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