Teachers receive training to promote tourism concepts in the classroom

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By Robert A. Emmanuel

Teachers from secondary schools throughout the island are currently the focus of a Tourism Education Workshop which opened on Tuesday at the Tradewinds Hotel.

The four-day workshop – organised by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) – focused yesterday on introducing teachers to principles, practices and concepts relating to tourism.

According to one of the organisers, Tracey Browne – manager of the Tourism Education, Training and Awareness Unit in the Ministry of Tourism – teachers influence their students’ interests and, therefore, teachers should use their influence to encourage students to “think tourism” from an early age.

Giving remarks at the event, Director of Planning and Policy in the Ministry of Tourism, St. Clair Soleyn, spoke about the value of the workshop.

Meanwhile, Director of Resource Mobilization and Development of the CTO, Sharon Banfield-Bovell, said the workshop’s programme was developed for primary and secondary school teachers, noting that “more countries are recognising the need for tourism and education to have a beautiful marriage.”

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