Jamaica to establish new hospitality school

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 14, CMC – Jamaica says it is collaborating with professionals from international tourism training institutions for the design and development of a hospitality school due to open in 2018.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said Professor Emeritus of Management and Tourism Studies at the George Washington University, Donald Hawkins, will lead the team tasked with developing the design of the institution and its programmes.
The team, at the end of their 50-day term, is expected to produce a business plan that will serve as a guide for the establishment of the school.
Bartlett said the hospitality school is central to the Government’s push to build out the tourism experience and the development of the country’s capacity to retain its position as a leading destination.
He said the school will focus on training persons for middle- and upper-level positions in the industry.
“The focus of the institution will be heavily hands-on, and so we will be training for competence as well as for pedagogy,” he said, noting that the school will be constructed alongside a hotel to allow students to have practical experience in the relevant aspects of the industry.
Cabinet, earlier this week, approved arrangements for the establishment of the school, which will be the first of its kind in the country.
The facility is expected to deliver training on the five ‘networks’ for visitor experience – gastronomy, knowledge, shopping, health and wellness, and sports and entertainment – on which the Government has placed strategic focus for the growth of the sector.

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