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 NACD Home An initiative of The Presidency in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL






As far back as 1987, the then Federal Government of Nigeria realized the need for personnel training and development in the country’s Tourism industry.  It sought and obtained the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organization (ILO) in developing a National Training Scheme.

This effort culminated in the establishment of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) as a department of the then Nigerian Tourism Board, now Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).

However, UNDP  and ILO withdrew and this made the Institute suffer some setbacks, particularly in the area of technical assistance.

The Institute was given autonomy in 1998 and since then enjoys the status of a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Culture & Tourism.  Following the recommendation of the Presidential Council on Tourism, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council, the Institute’s Administrative Headquarters was relocated from Kano to Abuja for easy access to stakeholders.

As part of the restructuring programme of the Federal Ministry of Culture & Tourism aimed at maximum productivity in its Parastatals, the four catering schools located in Benin, Enugu, Kaduna and Lagos were incorporated into the Institute’s structure.  These schools in addition to their training, now functions as NIHOTOUR campuses.  Consequently, the Institute’s campuses in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country are as follows:

i)                    Bagauda Campus

ii)                   Bauchi Campus

iii)                 Benin Campus

iv)               Enugu Campus

v)                 Lagos Campus

vi)               Kaduna Campus

vii)              Abuja Campus


The core mandate of the Institute is to provide training and manpower development for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Nigeria and the entire West Africa Sub-region.


The Institute organizes courses leading to the following certificates:

                    Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

                    Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Management

                    Diploma in Transport and Travel Management

                    Diploma in Transport and Tourism Recreation

                    Professional Certificate in Tourism Statistics

                    Advanced Professional Certificate in Tour Guiding

                    Certificate in Hospitality Operation

                    National Technical Certificate (NTC)

                    Catering Craft Practice (340)

                    Cookery and Kitchen Operation

                    IATA/UFTAA Foundation Diploma

                    In-House Training Course on reques

Additionally, the Institute has been conducting seminars, workshop and tailor made courses in collaboration with other organizations such as Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) and National Association of Journalist and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), etc.


Given the stakeholders’ maximum cooperation and support, NIHOTOUR can satisfy the training needs of the industry as well as become a leading Hospitality and Tourism Institute in West Africa. 


1.         Administration Department

            The department is saddled with the essential work of Management and organization and the maintenance of accurate records, in other words, responsible for staff administration and welfare.

 2.         Finance & Supplies

            The department is charged with the functions of maintaining and operating he accounts of the Institute based on the accounting regulations of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 3.         Travel and Tourism Management Department

            Responsible for the training programmes as well as designing the academic programmes of the department.

4.         Hospitality and Catering Management

            Responsible for the training programmes as well as designing the academic programmes of the department.

5.         Studies / Programme Department

            Services as the nerve center of the Institute as it coordinates and harmonizes the general academic programmes of the Institute.

6.         Planning Consultancy and Information Services Department

            The functions of the department amongst other things are to prepare the Institute’s developmental plans, solicit for programmes and research to be handled by the Institute and disseminate information.


               Munzali Dantata