Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation and Les Roches Global Hospitality Education launch 2022 Professional Development Program

Initiative Targets Caribbean Hospitality Employees on Management Path

Caribbean hospitality employees are invited and encouraged to apply for admission to the Caribbean Hospitality Professional Development Program sponsored by Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools, and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF).

Launched in 2021, this jointly sponsored program is designed to accelerate participants’ career trajectories into leadership positions in the hospitality industry. Through this initiative, the program helps Caribbean hospitality employees grow and advance within the industry.

“We are extremely proud of the results of our first year of collaboration with CHTAEF,” said Les Roches CEO Carlos Díez de La Lastra. “It has been an enriching experience to have hospitality talent from across the Caribbean developing their managerial skills on our campus within our international community of 90 nationalities. We are excited and committed to continue supporting the development of Caribbean talent with the CHTAEF to further promote quality tourism and excellence in the region.

“Nothing is more important to the CHTA Education Foundation than helping our Caribbean hospitality professionals reach their highest potential and become the future leaders of the industry,” added the CHTAEF President, Karolin Troubetzkoy. “This is one of many programs we have developed to continue to provide opportunities for advancement within the industry.”

“They challenge you to think like a leader,” said 2021 graduate Noshane King, Regional Sales Manager, Norwegian Cruise Line.

The Caribbean Hospitality Professional Development Program is an academically rigorous yet flexible course designed to be studied alongside students’ current professional commitments, allowing them to accelerate their career without interrupting it. The program targets today’s hospitality supervisors and managers with the goal of propelling them into hotel manager or general manager roles over the next two to three years.

Describing her experience in the 2021 program, Rehana Dorsett, Director of VIP Services – The Cove and Reef Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, said: “As we progressed the lessons got more difficult. And while you move at your own pace, there are deadlines and a significant amount of work to do. It’s a great (online support system). The course on sustainability was so interesting. I am passionate about this subject.

Students are asked to commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week for the duration of the six-month program, which includes courses such as: Advanced Hotel Operations, Finance, Revenue Management, Marketing, Sustainability, Leadership and Organizational Behavior .

Stephen Fagan, Concierge Manager at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica, participated in the program in 2021. you can reach the world while sitting at home,” he said.

Applicants to the Caribbean program must have at least four years of hospitality experience, including one year in a supervisory position. They must have their employer’s approval and support to participate and be able to fund the remaining program costs after scholarship deductions.

The application deadline is June 15, 2022, with a program start date of September.

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About CHTA Foundation for Education

CHTAEF was established in 1986 as an independent non-profit organization offering tax-exempt status for donations. As part of its mission, the CHTAEF provides people throughout the Caribbean region with awareness of diverse career opportunities in the industry, as well as technical and professional development through scholarships, assistance initiatives special and other training programs. The Education Foundation has awarded over US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hospitality and tourism industry. CHTAEF volunteer administrators administer one of the largest scholarship programs available in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry. Funds for these scholarships and grants come from corporate sponsorships, benefit auctions and special events.

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Les Roches Global Hospitality Education

Les Roches is a Swiss institution focused on creating the innovative and entrepreneurial minds of tomorrow. Founded in 1954, Les Roches offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in hospitality and tourism management according to the Swiss education model. With campuses across Switzerland and Spain; a student body of over 100 different nationalities, the institution offers students a unique culturally diverse experience. Since 2021, Les Roches also has an academic alliance with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a partner campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR). Les Roches ranks among the top five higher education institutions in the world for hospitality and leisure management and employer reputation (QS World University Rankings, by Subject, 2022). Part of Sommet Education, a world leader in hospitality education, Les Roches is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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