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Caribbean Tourism Professionals Learn About Diversity and Tolerance

MIAMI — Recognizing the changing dynamics in the global tourism industry and the imperative to meet customers’ needs and expectations, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) in partnership with two of its corporate partners, Interval International and Virgin Holidays, has launched a new program to support the training and development of Caribbean industry professionals.

 The first of two of recently completed training programs was held in Barbados in partnership with Virgin Holidays with a focus on diversity. This training grew out of Virgin Holidays’ 2016 commitment to become one of the most tolerant and welcoming brands in travel and CHTAEF’s decades-long goal to support and foster the professionalism and training of Caribbean nationals in the hospitality industry.

The Barbados exercise,designed and delivered by Talk-About Earth Solutions, provided nearly 130 hospitality professionals and students with the tools to assist them receive guests with care, professionalism and tolerance.

Aruba stakeholders in a joyous mood at the end of their training.

The second training program was held in Aruba in partnership with Interval International and focused on leadership, motivation and team morale. Additional courses were held on  housekeeping best practices and excellence.

At least 70 industry professionals completed the courses, which were endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality and delivered by Springboard Caribbean.

 “The training takes into account changing demographics and psychographics of today’s travelers and will help our team members achieve their goals of providing superior customer service to visitors to our region,” CHTAEF Chairman Karolin Troubetzkoy said.

Troubetzkoy thanked the educators for their focus on leadership and technical training, given the importance of increasing the number of Caribbean nationals securing managerial positions across the industry. 

CHTAEF plans to roll out several more training sessions in other destinations around the region in 2019.

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