By Shannon Gwamna

National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)that will deepen the statistical development of sectoral databank necessary for planning within the sector.

This was contained in a statement signed and issued by Director, Media & Public Relations Ahmed Sule.

The statement said the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Nura Kangiwa said the MoU was aimed at closing the existing data-gap in the hospitality and tourism industry of the country.

Kangiwa, said he observed that Statistics are critical to national planning, sound policy development and informed business decisions.

He said it has become very important to seek partnership with NBS as an exclusive agency in verifying, approving, administering and publishing basic national statistical data for national economic and social development.

He said the Institute has established a vibrant Research and Development Unit to conduct industry-based research and generate data for the use of the industry.

In his remarks, the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Simon Harry, reiterated the relevance of data in policy formulation and implementation for national growth and development.

Harry, said NBS is prepared to work assiduously with NIHOTOUR in its efforts at addressing the dearth of accurate data in the nation’s hospitality and tourism industry.

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