The assistance, said Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, at a recent press conference, is being provided by the Government of Taiwan, which has agreed offer up to 15 positions for nationals, at Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
The National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism has three different schools that include The School of Culinary Arts, the School of Travel Tourism and the School of Hospitality, with a total of 4,700 students.
This, said the Prime Minister, is in line with government’s efforts to maintain and sharpen its competitive edge.
He said that tourism is a competitive and multifaceted industry in which we have a competitive edge, given our weather, history and location in the world. The scholarships, explained Douglas, come as a result of an official tourism-related Accord with the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), signed during a recent visit of a St. Kitts & Nevis delegation to that country.
Qualified nationals, some 10 to 15, below the age of 40 and currently employed in the tourism industry, will be sent for a semester-long program that will provide precisely the type of training that is key to the Federation maintaining and sharpening its competitive edge.
The prime Minister is of the view that if the hospitality and tourism industry is to be sustained in St. Kitts and Nevis, nationals must be professionally trained.
He Pointed out that tourism has become the mainstay of the national economy in recent years and that the country has relied on the creation of a services economy led in particular by tourism and hospitality services.
National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism pledged to collaborate with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in professionalizing the tourism human resources in the twin-island Federation.