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NIHOTOUR To Unveil Mobile Training Kitchens, As Key Players Gear Up For 2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day Celebration

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Joel Ajayi
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) is set to unveil mobile training kitchens at the 2022 World Sustainable Gastronomy Day Celebration expected to attract high level attendance by critical stakeholders of the industry at the event which opens on Saturday, 18th June 2022 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja                        
Disclosing this to newsmen at the headquarters of the Institute in Abuja, Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NIHOTOUR said NIHOTOUR acquired the mobile kitchens in order to up its skill acquisition and training outreach programs to Nigerian youths in the nooks and crannies of the country.                         
Kangiwa noted that the Sustainable Gastronomy Day celebration for this year recognizes the practices and principles associated with sustainable food consumption combined with the art of collecting, preparing and consuming the food we eat, stating further that the observances of the day acknowledges the social, cu0ltural and artistic expression related to gastronomy that defines the three dimensions of sustainable development which are; people, planet and profit (benefits).

 Gastronomy is a cultural expression of nations through their food choices, sources of ingredients and types of cuisines which thrives in culturally rich destinations and Nigeria being one of the most competitive Gastronomy tourist destination in Africa because of its corresponding unique foods culture and enticing cuisines of international repute.
The occasion will also feature the presentation of a paper to mark the observance Day to be delivered by Olufemi Falebita titled ‘Marketing Nigerian Foods Abroad’
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Sustainable Gastronomy Day in December, 2016 and first celebrated it in 2017. NIHOTOUR celebrated the maiden edition of the Day in Nigeria in 2021, promoting the United Nations goals of the observance in sustainable food production and consumption that seek to improve efficiency in the use of agricultural resources, conservation and protection of natural resources and responding to the changing needs of people, communities and the ecosystems among others necessary to sustain agriculture.

 Prominent personalities who distinguished themselves in the promotion of Travel Tourism and Hospitality education in the country are to be honoured with the fellowship award of the Institute during the Gastronomy Observance Day. The Fellowship Award was instituted as the highest honour by the Institute on individuals who have distinguished themselves and contributed greatly to the education, skill acquisition and enhanced professional practice in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality sector of the country.

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Africa Wedding Expo 2022 Gets New Date

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The organisers of Africa’s foremost wedding exposition have announced the postponement of the event originally slated to hold June 28-29, at the Monarch Event Centre, Lagos. 


In a press statement released signed by Dayo Falade, Executive Convener of the Africa Wedding Expo 2022, it regretted the postponement of the much anticipated event.

According to the statement it pleaded with prospective sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and wedding event enthusiasts, for their understanding on the unfortunate postponement.


It went on to explain that the organisers lost a strategic member in charge of its affairs to the cold hands of death in Kenya. Adding that it would be insensitive to go hold  ahead with the event as scheduled.

 
The statement further reassured prospective exhibitors and vendors who have registered and paid for participation at the event not to fret. That their places at the event are assured. 


“We made this difficult decision due to a tragic event that happened on June 23rd which we believe if we allow the event go on, it will seem insensitive to the family involved. This is very much heavy on us as a whole lot has been invested time, energy and resources into making sure AFRICA WEDDING EXPO 2022 happen in grand style but unfortunately we have to postpone till later date.

“We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences this very change will cause to everyone who is looking forward to the event. This is a phase that’s beyond our control.


It added reassuringly, “All payment made from various quarters including booths reservation by vendors, partners and exhibitors would remain valid for the event, which we have rescheduled to hold October 25-26, 2022.


“We appreciate your level of understanding that we do not have control over nature and your willingness to go though this phase with us, we need your support by being patient with us and helping to calm any negative reactions within your area of influence,” it added conclusively. 

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