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Ekiti State Government mandates hotels to register with Tourism Bureau within 14 days

  • July 6, 2024
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Ekiti State Government mandates hotels to register with Tourism Bureau within 14 days

By Editor

IN a move to enhance security and regulation within the tourism and hospitality sector, Ekiti State Government, through Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development, has issued a directive requiring all hotels and hospitality businesses in the state to register with the bureau within the next 14 days. This resolution was part of a communique issued at the end of an interactive hotels and hospitality operators’ security stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development on July 4, 2024 at GAD Conference Hall Governor’s Office Ado Ekiti.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Ekiti State Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Ekiti State Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD), DSS, Ekiti State Hoteliers Association, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Ekiti State Homeland Security Intelligence Agency, and the Bureau of Tourism Development.

The key highlights of the communique include that hoteliers and hospitality operators in Ekiti State strongly condemn any hotel harbouring hoodlums, fraudsters, or social irritants within their premises, all hoteliers and hospitality businesses in the state must register with the Bureau of Tourism Development in the next 14 days or face the wrath of the law, hotel operators must obtain a certificate of operation from the Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism and display it prominently at their hotel receptions, alongside their membership certificate with the hoteliers association and mandatory for all hotel operators in the state to join the Association of Hoteliers in Ekiti State in line with the extant law – Section 6 of the Ekiti State Tourism and Hospitality Regulatory Law of 2020.

Others are stringent security protocols, including the installation of functional surveillance cameras, employment of trained security personnel, and regular security checks and audits have been mandated for all hotels in the state, a joint task force comprising the Bureau of Tourism Development, security agencies, and the Hoteliers Association will be established for regulatory compliance purposes and Ekiti State Homeland Intelligence Agency will partner with the Bureau of Tourism Development on information gathering and intelligence sharing to enhance security in the tourism and hospitality sector.

The communique concluded by saying that Ekiti State Government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its citizens and visitors, as well as the proper regulation of the tourism and hospitality industry, adding that failure to comply with the directive within the stipulated 14-day period could result in severe consequences for non-compliant hotel operators.

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