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SON to introduce guidelines to reopen tourism sector

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it is set to deploy a well developed Standards that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the re-opening of the nation’s tourism sector.

A statement issued by the Head, Public Relations of SON, Mr Bola Fashina says Chairperson of the Committee and the Director General of the National Institute for Hotels and Tourism, Mrs. Chika Balogun emphasized on the need for stakeholders to join forces towards overcoming the challenges posed on the sector by COVID-19.

The National Mirror Committee on Tourism held the meeting through a virtual conference aimed at finding a common ground to revive the tourism industry.

The draft Standards on Health and Safety Measures for Tourism and Hospitality establishments on Post-COVID-19 Resumption, will help the tourism sector to rebound in full force when all the necessary lockdown measures are completely lifted by the government.

The statement says the Director, Standards Development of the SON, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu that the tourism sector have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

According to her, the National Mirror Committee is expected to oversee a comeback by the sector through deliberations on the draft Standards and the implementation.

In a presentation, the Technical Secretary to the National Mirror Committee, Mrs Chidinma Ewuzie, said the move was aimed towards improving on safety, boost confidence of guests and establish a monitoring control to limit the spread of the virus.

The draft guidelines apply to tourism sector’s establishments such as hotels, restaurants, conferences, meetings, event centers, tour operators, travel agents, tourist information centres, airlines, beaches, among others.

Victoria Chimnezie

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