“As we continue to attract greater attention from the rest of the world, especially in the hospitality industry, St. Kitts and Nevis, continues to chalk up a number of positive reviews, from different magazines and different writers in the industry. There is no doubt that by the time of your return, we will be able to maintain a number one spot, in terms of the travel writers; and those who will write about the hospitality industry should be able to maintain that number one stop, as we propel our country to the top of the destinations around the world” said Douglas.
“Go there and learn, observe, experience, acquire and broaden your knowledge and come back and serve your beautiful country of St. Kitts and Nevis,” admonished the Prime Minister.
He told them “It is not by accident I want to emphasize, that you will begin your training on the 19th day of September 2011, and I want you to remember that, because that is our day of nationhood, the day of our independence, and to a large extent it gives you greater impetus and motivation to do well, because in doing well what you are doing is maturing the future of St. Kitts and Nevis as we achieve the number one spot in the tourism and hospitality industry”.
He mentioned that he visited the university that the scholars are scheduled to attend. He went on to say that he was impressed with the wide range of skills that were being taught, specifically in hospitality and tourism management.
“After the government decided almost (6) six years ago, that tourism will be the leading productive sector in this country, I immediately saw the opportunity for young people of this country to benefit from this training. Today I am very pleased that our young people are getting the exposure, an exposure to be able to interact with persons from the international community in a different continent and almost in a different world”, said Dr. Douglas.
He said they will be exposed to restaurant management, tourism marketing management, hotel and casino management and practice, service management, wine knowledge and beverage making skill practice.
“All these are the areas that you would be exposed to, as part of your training” said the PM.
The Prime Minister thanked the Taiwanese ambassador for making this important learning opportunity available to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.