A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Tourism Ministry and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) to facilitate the training of persons involved in the industry. The training will be conducted at the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI) over a three-month period and will provide the first intake of 50 students, arriving in January, with AHLEI world-class training and certification. Story Highlights Mr. Bartlett noted that persons involved in the tourism industry must be prepared to capitalise on the opportunities in the sector, and “in so doing (there will be) a retention of the tourism expenditure in (the) region, (which) is going to be heightened”. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Tourism Ministry and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) to facilitate the training of persons involved in the industry.The training will be conducted at the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI) over a three-month period and will provide the first intake of 50 students, arriving in January, with AHLEI world-class training and certification.The MOU was signed on the first day of the three-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on November 27.Addressing the signing ceremony, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the JCTI, which was officially launched on November 1, will create a “pathway towards professionalism”.“It will bring people who already have a first degree or other formal qualifications in hospitality and hospitality-related activities into competence. Second, it will bring persons who are already practitioners, but are not certified, into the stream of professional certification,” he said.Mr. Bartlett noted that persons involved in the tourism industry must be prepared to capitalise on the opportunities in the sector, and “in so doing (there will be) a retention of the tourism expenditure in (the) region, (which) is going to be heightened”.“It is we the people who own tourism, and that ownership must result in our wealth and prosperity,” he said.Mr. Bartlett informed that the AHLEI will enable persons to acquire jobs not just locally but “anywhere else in the world”.For his part, Vice President of International Sales at the AHLEI, Ed Kastli, said the partnership is the first of its kind for the Institute in the Caribbean.AHLEI is the premier source for delivering quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.“This is a win-win cooperation that will be there for years to come and will empower youngsters about the good things that can be had for them working in the tourism industry. We are very proud to bring our programmes to the students,” he said.Mr. Kastli pointed out that there will be a train-the-trainer component for local professionals, and noted that the training will enable those certified to find better jobs within the industry.The JCTI is an assessment institution, which provides specialist education geared at improving competitiveness and employment opportunities in the tourism sector.Established as part of the Government’s Human Capital Development Plan, it will facilitate the certification and licensing of Jamaicans working in tourism and facilitate innovation in the industry.The Institute will work with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, through its training agency the HEART Trust/ NTA.
zoomImage Courtesy: AAL Shipping Multipurpose shipping has started 2018 on a confident footing and is forecast to recover further on rising demand, contracting vessel supply and lessening threats from competing sectors.The multipurpose shipping market, which comprises both breakbulk and project cargo sectors, has struggled over the last few years but conditions are now ripe for recovery, shipping consultancy Drewry said in its latest Multipurpose Forecaster.Dry cargo demand is growing, with a number of drivers reporting improving conditions, whilst the multipurpose fleet is contracting as older, smaller, less heavy lift capable tonnage is weeded out.“This year has started with renewed optimism and it is Drewry’s belief that the market has finally turned that corner,” Susan Oatway, Drewry’s lead analyst for the multipurpose sector, said.“Rate rises are never stratospheric in this sector, but we believe a steady growth of around 2-3% per year is possible over the forecast period.”However, due to the diversity of drivers that supports this sector there are still some concerns that could impact the outlook over the medium term.The simple multipurpose fleet, that is those vessels with lift below 100 tons, has already started to contract at a rate that is affecting the whole fleet. However, Drewry believes that the future is with the project carrier sector, i.e. those vessels with lift greater than 100 tonnes.“Some 80% of all newbuildings over the last five years have heavylift capability, and at least 70% of the orderbook has this capability. The project carrier fleet is growing, but it will be some time before it reverses the decline in the overall multipurpose fleet,” Oatway concluded.