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Tourism Ministry pushes for hospitality school

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Tourism will be pursuing the development of a fully functional craft institute and a hospitality school. This was revealed by portfolio minister Edmund Bartlett in his Sectoral Debate presentation on Wednesday.

Bartlett said the institutions are crucial to enhancing training and educational opportunities for current and future tourism workers. The hospitality school will train persons at all levels so as to allow Jamaicans to benefit from the far-reaching development of the sector.

The minister said the Government has been in discussion with stakeholders, including representatives of tertiary institutions such as the University of Technology and the University College of the Caribbean, in seeking to finalise arrangements to establish the school.

"We have long identified weaknesses in training and service delivery in the tourism sector. Consequently, interventions will be made to increase training and service excellence, improving perception, attitudes and buy-in to tourism at all levels," he said.

Among programmes to bolster existing training and empowerment strategies by the ministry and its agencies are Team Jamaica and tourism skills training, foreign language training, programmes to promote tourism awareness, capacity-building programmes for middle- and upper-management workers in the industry, and the development of social and physical assets at the community level.