Haiti, Antigua sign Tourism Education MOU

•	Back Row: Agnes Pierre Louis CHTAEF, Amb. Dr. Clarence Henry Caricom, Hon Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin Minister of Tourism Haiti, Calvin Ambrose CEO ABHTI, Louise John CHTAEF •	Seated: Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister Antigua & Barbuda, His Excellency Michel Martelly, President of the Republic of Haiti HAITI– CHTAEF-Haiti Fund Project Leads, Louise John & Agnes Pierre-Louis witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Haiti. The MOU allows for edcuational advancement between the Hospitality & Tourism Educational Institutions of Haiti and the Caricom Center of Hospitality Training Excellence, the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute. The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace in Port au Prince, Haiti, on December 18th, 2012.

The CHTAEF-Haiti Fund is delighted to have been recognized as being instrumental in bringing both countries to this point by providing full scholarships & mentoring for 10 bright young Haitian students currently studying at ABHTI and excelling. We are delighted that the national institutions & ministries will now move forward together in a formal capacity.

CHTAEF-Haiti Fund has been on the ground in Haiti for 2-years delivering an excellent       skills-based Foundation Year to young Haitians who lost the Hotel School after the Earthquake. Many talented Caribbean professionals gave freely of their vacation time to visit Haiti and train to exacting standards. The seed-money for this came from Benchevents- delegates of the International Hotel Investment Forum in Dubai & the Wolsely family.

The Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives made meaningful contributions, many Caribbean hotels donated stays for auction to raise funds, the Haitian Ministry of Tourism is supporting 3 students through their studies, the Haitian Hotel Association lent its support on the ground over the 2-years & Haiti Chefs for Education along with Gout et Saveurs Lakay, has mentored and donated. Strong sponsorship support has been given by Bouldershares LLC, Villa Toussaint, Jobpaw.com, Cormier Beach Club, PJ Harpers Bar & Le Plaza Hotel who have donated time, space and financially.

The Antiguan people, led by the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister, have been outstanding in their generosity of spirit, products, services and love for the 10 Haitian Scholars currently in Antigua. The Antigua & Barbuda Ministry of Tourism has facilitated generous tuition scholarships, ABHTI led by Calvin Ambrose have been unfailingly supportive and the Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association has donated generously and is facilitating internships to ensure the Haitians return with live-management experience to build their countries tourism product. Without the people of Antigua & Barbuda, the students jouney to professional qualifications would not have been possible.

CHTAEF-Haiti Fund still needs donations to ensure these students are able to complete their degree studies. Details on www.chtaeducationfoundation.com.

For more information on the CHTA Education Foundation visit www.chtaeducationfoundation.com and find the Foundation on facebook at CHTA Education Foundation.

Email foundation@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com or call 305-767-4211 to speak with a representative.

For more information on the CHTAEF Haiti Project, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/CHTAEFhaiti.php or email louisehaiti@gmail.com

CHTA Education Foundation Haiti Project

          Following the demolition of the Hotel School in January 2010, Agnes Pierre-Louis, General Manager of Le Plaza Hotel joined with Louise John, Trustee, CHTAEF to form the CHTAEFHaiti Project. The project, which is supported in Haiti by the Association Touristique d’Haiti (ATH), has been on the ground since October 2010 working with student survivors of the Hotel School. The project delivered an intensive tourism-specific English program, where students scored 75% to 89% in international examinations and Professional Skills Development Courses from which 13 General Tourism & Hospitality, 4 Culinary and 6 Food & Beverage students graduated on December 16, 2011, as young hospitality professionals. This project has given hope, solid skills, and a ‘family support’ to students who wanted to join the workforce of the hospitality industry and had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Louise & Agnes understood that sustainability is the key in advancing Haiti’s tourism sector based on clearly defined international standards being met consistently. They have been instrumental in collaborating with CHTAEF-Haiti Project to deliver international standards, procedures, and policies to the students, making them a shining beacon of professionalism in Haitian Hospitality.

          Today the graduates of the CHTAEF-Haiti Project have begun attending accredited Caribbean regional institutions to gain their 2-year degrees at a cost of $18,000 per student per 2-year period of study. Similar courses of study in the USA would average $75,000 per student for the 2-year period. Students will be required to return home for a minimum of 3-years & pass-on the knowledge they have learned within the industry.

CHTA Education Foundation

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) was established in 1987 as a stand-alone non-profit / tax-exempt organization, through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism.

As part of its mission, the Education Foundation provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development.

Since 1987, the Education Foundation has awarded over US$1.6 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.

For more information, visit www.chtaeducationfoundation.com and find the Foundation on facebook at CHTA Education Foundation. Email foundation@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com or call (305) 767 – 4211 to speak with a representative.

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.  Celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2012, CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members.

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