No fewer than 30 Europeans have indicated interest to serve with the newly-established Bayelsa State Institute of Tourism, Catering and Hotel Management, as volunteers.
Its Rector, Professor Prince Ayibaye Efere, made this known yesterday at the maiden edition of Legislative Media Roundtable, organised by the Bayelsa Assembly Correspondents (Electronic), in collaboration with other stakeholders.
He said many Europeans were already indicating interest in the institute.
Efere said the school was designed to be a centre for planning, strategic development and policy formulation in tourism and hospitality.
He said: “The Institute may also honour outstanding individuals and organizations in Bayelsa State, Nigeria or abroad, who may have made significant contributions to the advancement of the Institute, or the tourism and hospitality industry.”
Earlier, chairman of the occasion, Mr. Preye Wariowei, applauded the House reporters, where co-organisers, for the initiative, saying the legislative media roundtable would give Bayelsans the opportunity to understand laws made by the state House of Assembly.
In his remarks, chairman of the Assembly Correspondents, Mr Atim Iniwakunam, explained that the roundtable was borne out of their desire to further engage the lawmakers on the bills passed.
Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo, said: “Subject to the provisions of the law establishing the Bayelsa State Institute of Tourism, Catering and Hotel Management, the institute is charged with the responsibility of conducting quality academic and professional research, education, training, consultancy and advocacy on travel, tourism, hotel, catering, culture, entertainment and hospitality studies.
“Initiate and execute any project that would help to generate ideas and policies relating to the different areas provided in the law.”