“Guyana needs globally recognised tourism hospitality training”- British High Commissioner

With the rapid development of Guyana’s tourism sector more Guyanese will now have the opportunity to be professionally trained in hospitality and tourism management as The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) in collaboration with ActionInvest Caribbean initiates new hospitality and tourism management training programme.
The newly launched progamme will now provide learners with the opportunity to be internationally certified and guarantee them a spot in the working sector, the programme will be administered to members of the public sixteen years and older.
Delivering remarks at a ceremony hosted by the British High Commission, on Wednesday evening, General Manager of the Guyana Marriott Hotel Eduardo Repele, who underscored the shortage of local, skilled and qualified staff in the tourism and hospitality sector.
“I think the biggest challenge Guyana is facing apart from the entire transformation and the speed that things are taking place is labor source, we don’t have labor,” he stated. According to Repele, the lack of this labor source is a as a result of old practices that most Guyanese often migrate to countries like the United States and Canada among others to have better opportunities.
In this regard, he noted that Guyana does have the potential to provide these opportunities however more initiatives like hospitality and tourism management training programme must be developed to make Guyana more attractive to Guyanese.
Meanwhile also delivering remarks at the ceremony, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller underscored that Guyana has globally recognised tourism. According to Miller, tourism currently the fourth largest export in Guyana.
“This country does have some globally recognized tourism an alongside that it needs globally recognised tourism hospitality training, we recognized tourism has great potential in this country and that potential is going to be realised by stronger human capital” She stated.
She noted with Guyana’s rapid growth an economic diversification must be initialized and further expressed her expressed her excitement about the collaboration between the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) and ActionInvest Caribbean Inc.
This collaboration will be a stepping stone in the development of the tourism industry and well help bolster tourism in Guyana. as The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) developed in 1992 currently has 140 training centers across the world. four local companies were recognized as CTH ‘Gold Employer’ partners in Guyana. These are the Grand Coastal Inn, the Guyana Marriott Hotel, the Ramada Princess Hotel and Evergreen Adventures. Already, ActionINVEST has been training about 100 students locally in hospitality/tourism management. The training is also done through the government’s Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) scholarship programme.