Three awarded AHTA scholarships to ABHTI

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The Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA), in a press release, has announced the winners of its annual scholarships.

Three successful applicants – Balynda Barnes, Leon Edwards and Refica Attwood – have each been awarded $7,200 to complete associate degrees at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

Barnes was elated to have been selected from the dozens of applicants, remarking that she is “committed to excellence and believes that customer service is an individual’s sure way to achieve a competitive advantage.” 

Edwards, who currently works in the Hospitality Industry with an unbroken 12 years at Sandals Grande Antigua, said: “I am very passionate about achieving a better version of myself and I am also seeking to remain on the path to learn something new.”

Attwood is already very accomplished and passionate about Antigua and developing her community. She noted that, “As a small business owner, I have for many years focused on logging, hiking, and have been a strong community activist in the John Hughes Community.”

Mr. Vernon A. Jeffers Sr, Chairman of the AHTA, is proud to welcome Balynda, Leon and Refica to the prestigious list of AHTA Scholarship recipients. 

“This is our 10th batch of awardees and we are pleased every year to see the quality of the applicants and the passion they all hold for the industry. It is safe to say the future of the hospitality industry is in good hands,” Jeffers said.

The AHTA scholarships to study at ABHTI are awarded annually.  Persons interested in being considered for 2020 are asked to contact the AHTA office at [email protected] or 462-0374/4928

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