|Community College students in NYC for Caribbean tourism|
|Written by Richard Greenemail@example.com|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:27|
Four Turks and Caicos Islands Community College students are attending the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Student Colloquium are in New York City from June 3-5.
The Tourist Board provided airline tickets for Jalayah Francis, 17; Julianna Musgrove, 17; and Darron Hilaire Jr., 18, and Michelle Hosten, head of the college’s Department of Hospitality Studies, to join Demond Lightbourne, 19, a bachelor’s in tourism student already in New York doing his internship.
On June 5, the team will join other students from around the Caribbean in making presentations on various topics aimed at improving tourism in their countries. The TCI group will present on the topic: “Create a community based sustainable tourism project that can be implemented in communities as an income generator; incorporate a Culinary Tourism component.”
The Community College wants to spearhead a new event that will highlight traditional culinary dishes from around the islands in conjunction with many existing events, explained Hilaire, who is also TCI Youth Premier. Members from those events will mentor students while the students bring various groups together to coordinate and promote events to increase revenue and raise money for the college and government.
“We’re showing them the revenue projections … how it can help the college, how it can help the students, how it can help the community, and how it can advance tourism here in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Hilaire said.
Hilaire is an associate’s student in business studies who plans to seek a bachelor’s degree in youth development and a master’s in psychology, hoping to return to the TCI to help local youth.
Musgrove and Francis, both members of the student guild, are associate’s students in hospitality who hope to work in the hotel industry.
“The Tourist Board has always been a good corporate stakeholder … and this venture is one of the very important and meaningful ventures through the internship program,” said Community College Principal Samuel Forbes. “They serve as a forum to provide experience through internships, work study programs, and in this case, they’ve given them an opportunity for international experiences through the activities of the CTO.”
All of the students on the team have done internships in various roles in tourism as part of their education.
“We like to say we are training middle managers,” Forbes said. “You cannot manage if you don’t know what you’re managing.”
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