About Us

The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture was established in 1988 as a result of a tripartite agreement signed in 1987 between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). it is saddled with the responsibility of providing Manpower Training and Capacity Building for Hospitality and Tourism Industry industry in Nigeria and West Africa sub-region.

The Institute certify the Professional practices of personnel in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry as approved by the Federal Executive Council. NIHOTOUR is now the Sector’s Skill Council for Hospitality and Tourism and also as approved training provider for the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), also a member of National Mirror Committee (NMC) on Tourism and Related Matters.

Since inception, the Institute has produced well over 5,000 skilled and craft trainees servicing the various sectors of the Nigeria’s Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry. The Institute is striving to meet a training target of thousands of trainees yearly to meet the over 40,000 technical craft and skilled manpower required to service the travel, tourism and hospitality sector of the economy.


The main objectives of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism includes:

  • To provide improved and quality service in the hospitality and tourism industry by introducing professional, technical and specialised training as well as post-graduate course in the  travel and tourism and hospitality fields.
  • To provide short and long term managerial and supervisory training for the development of specific skills as well as to enhance the quality and efficiency of senior functionaries in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Educate, train, certify and register personnel in the field of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism so as to make practitioners in the industry sufficiently equipped to cope with the dynamics of the tourism world.
  • To co-operate with relevant bodies to organize and facilitate staff development programmes for teachers and supervisors in polytechnics  and the tourism industry.
  • Certify and register qualified personnel in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector in an approved  sector
  • To co-operate with relevant bodies in developing and updating national training curriculum for all levels of personnel in the industry.
  • To provide a forum at which representatives of both public and organized private tourism sectors and tourism institutions could exchange ideas and information on development in the industry.
  • To keep and maintain a register of Travel and Tourism training institutions, their training programmes, subjects, locations standards, durations and type.
  • To develop a learning resource center for the production of audio visual aids, collection and dissemination of learning materials.
  • To source funds and technical assistance for the promotion of its objective




Mrs. Chika Balogun

Director General


Mohammed Abarshi
(Human Resource Management Dept)
Mrs Blessing Okafor
Head of Department
(Travel & Tourism Studies Dept)
Mrs Flora N. Goka
Head of Department
(Hospitality & Catering Studies Dept)
Mr. Ameh Attah
(Finance & Accounts Dept
Mr Taiwo Famogbiyele
Head of Department
(General  Studies Dept)
Momoh A.M. Kabir
(Planning, Consultancy and Information Services Dept