A New “Caribbean Tourism Institute”

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization has launched a major initiative: a first-of-its-kind virtual training program for the region’s primary economic driver.

It’s called the Caribbean Tourism Institute, the CTO’s “online campus,” developed by Canadian firm Velsoft.

The new portal is an open online educational, training and development learning center, according to the CTO.

The aim is to help provide “provide affordable access to training opportunities for everyone who works, or aspires to work, in the Caribbean tourism and hospitality sector,” according to the regional tourism organization.

“Velsoft has been working closely with us to help us realize one of our key human resources development objectives of increasing the access of Caribbean nationals to high quality training and educational opportunities,” said Neil Walters, the CTO’s acting secretary general. “This partnership has allowed us to develop and offer this virtual training hub and will continue to help us in our mission to develop and design relevant e-learning content, which will benefit our tourism and hospitality sector.”

As part of the agreement with Velsoft, the company will provide all of the resources to convert CTO courses into e-learning activities.

“Velsoft is excited to partner with the Caribbean Tourism Organization on the ambitious initiative to raise the collective level of skills in the Caribbean’s tourism sector. The Caribbean Tourism Institute represents the easiest and most cost-effective way to provide personalized training that is both culturally and contextually relevant,” said Jim Fitt, chief executive of Velsoft.

For more, visit the Caribbean Tourism Institute.

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