Last Thursday, at the Calabash Hotel & Villas, Shannell Parris and Nichole Mc Sween were presented with certificates of scholarships awarded by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF). Ms. Pancy Cross, Executive Director of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA), welcomed the awardees and congratulated them on their achievement. Mr. Clive Barnes, Manager of the Calabash Hotel & Villas and a member of the Board of Trustees of the CHTAEF also congratulated the awardees and shed light on the history and commendable accomplishments of the foundation over their years of existence.

Mr. Barnes was high in praise for the hoteliers, and other members of the tourism business community, who over the years have contributed toward the annual auction held to raise funds which, when added to funds contributed by the Foundation’s sponsors Virgin Holidays, Yucatan Holidays, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Florida International University and the University of Memphis ensures that the assistance is available to persons wishing to further their education in order to make a meaningful contribution to the tourism industry throughout the Caribbean.

He also added that to date, a total of US 1.15 million dollars in scholarships and grants, have been awarded to Caribbean nationals choosing to pursue, or upgrade, their skills in the region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry. The CHTAEF offers scholarships for professional development courses, full time academic courses in Hospitality Management, and grants for teachers in the Tourism Industry in both undergraduate and graduate programs. He urged Caribbean nationals and in particular, Grenadians, to look toward developing their awareness of the industry’s vast and dynamic career opportunities, and to acquiring the technical and professional development skills needed to ensure that the standard of the industry surpasses that which is available in competing destinations. Grenadians he felt, would be well advised to capitalize on this excellent educational opportunity and should log on to the Foundation’s website for more details.

Ms. Parris is a strong believer in sustainable tourism, and feels that Caribbean countries have a duty to become aware of the impact of tourism on their island’s economy and development. She was awarded US $2,100 which she feels will ease her financial burden while she completes her final year of studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Us $ 2,500 was awarded to Ms. Nichole Mc Sween who expressed her gratitude to the Foundation and stated that the funds would enable her to get started on the road to a worthwhile career in the tourism industry. Her aim is to develop her own hospitality and tourism youth mentoring program to benefit Grenadian youth in the Tourism Industry.

The Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association congratulates the two awardees of the CHTAEF Scholarships Ms. Shannell Parris and Ms. Nichole Mc Sween and wish them all the success in their careers in the Tourism Industry.


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