The BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) has signed a three-year agreement with the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) to provide training and development for tourism industry professionals.
A media release from the HLSCC said the agreement will also see the college providing certified training opportunities at a discounted rate for employees of the Tourist Board.
It further said the two institutions will “collaborate on initiatives that will enhance the development of the tourism product [and] explore opportunities for joint fundraising initiatives”.
The college described the agreement as something that will be ‘mutually beneficial’ considering the relationships it has already developed with internationally-recognised organisations such as the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe programme, as well as Johnson & Wales University.
Commenting on the new partnership between the two government statutory bodies, Junior Minister for Tourism Sharie de Castro said it brings ‘much-needed hope and light’ to the future of local tourism.
“We have to go a bit further and look at the future-proofing of our people and seeing how best we can ensure persons interested in this area of tourism can receive the necessary training,” she stated.
Meanwhile, President of HLSCC Dr Richard Georges, said he strongly believes the collaboration between the BVITB and the college “will not only create a better product for the territory’s guests but enable BVIslanders to take more prominent roles within the industry”.
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