Community Tourism Training Workshop

BASSETERRE 28TH Sept 2020 (St Kitts Tourism Authority): The Ministry of Tourism is hosting a three-month community tourism-based workshop to inspire and provide opportunities for more women to develop and market their own community-tourism businesses.

The first module of the workshop was conducted virtually and began on Tuesday 22nd September and ended on Thursday 24th September,2020. During the months of October and November, the facilitators will be using a blended approach conducting online and in person sessions for the second and third modules.

Zoom sessions were held nightly, for a 3-day period last week. Participants are being exposed to Community Tourism, Customer Service Standards, Marketing Concepts and Strategies, the Development of Financial Management Skills, and ways to build a support network.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Carlene Henry- Morton, stated that this training arrives at a critical moment when St. Kitts prepares to reopen in the midst of a pandemic. However, community tourism offers an option to lead the recovery of local tourism sectors; in particular those offering activities that allow people to enjoy nature and the outdoors while practicing safe distancing and recommended health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Indeed now is the time to reinvent ourselves and that is why the Ministry of Tourism will continue to support community based efforts particularly those that provide outdoor and nature/adventure activities and are administered by local community organizations,” She said.

At the end of the training, each successful participant will receive a certificate and the St. Kitts Community Tourism toolkit which will include useful information and material to assist persons in starting their community-tourism businesses.

Community Tourism development aims to create benefits for communities and the environment by utilizing nature, conservation, and preservation of cultural traditions to provide community members with opportunities to generate income.

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