Tourism Industry Partnership Programme Launched
Twelve tourism students from the University of the West Indies St Augustine will have the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to work in a real world environment through the new Tourism Industry Partnership Programme (TIPP).
The Tourism Development Company Ltd (TDC) Small Tourism Enterprises Project, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), officially launched TIPP on Thursday, July 9th, at the TDC’s head office, Maritime Centre, Barataria.
Partnering UWI students pursuing the B.Sc. in International Tourism Management with small and micro tourism operators in the accommodation sector (Bed and Breakfast properties), the programme aims to foster greater collaboration between UWI and the TDC, improvement of local product offerings and build a highly trained, quality workforce for the industry.
“We are pleased to partner with the TDC and Bed and Breakfast operators at a time like this and look forward to a long and healthy partnership that is beneficial to the students as they put their knowledge to work,” said Dr Acolla Cameron–Lewis, Lecturer and Programme Coordinator of the MSc Tourism Development & Management programme at UWI.
For the tourism students, TIPP offers an excellent opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job experience in the industry, while sharing their technical expertise and skills with local Bed and Breakfast operators.
The Bed and Breakfast operators will benefit from the student’s technical expertise in developing business operations - in keeping with national tourism standards - and enhanced marketing initiatives.
The internship will run for eight weeks, from July 9 to August 28.
The Small Tourism Enterprises Project (STEP) is an initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS). Implemented in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, STEP was launched under the TDC in 2007. The programme provides relevant industry training while enhancing the skills of service providers and those wishing to enter the tourism sector.