CTO offers scholarships

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, through its scholarship programme, the CTO Foundation, is once again stepping forward to assist in the development of Caribbean tourism professionals.

According to a press release from the Department of Tourism, this year, the regional institution is providing scholarships and study grants to Caribbean nationals, both students and industry personnel, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training.

‘Strong competition from other destinations has meant that our focus should now be on service,’ said Acting Director of Tourism Pilar Bush. ‘These scholarships and study grants are a fantastic way for Caymanians to receive the training necessary to achieve higher service standards.’

High levels

Successful candidates must demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership, and express a strong interest in contributing to Caribbean tourism.

The Foundation offers two types of assistance:

Scholarships of up to US$20,000 to individuals wanting to study tourism or hospitality at the Master’s (post graduate) level

Study grants of up to US$2,500 to individuals pursuing tourism/hospitality studies at the certificate, diploma, associate degree or first degree level, and to industry personnel who want to gain proficiency in a second language to assist them in their job.

The release explains that scholarships are for a period of between one year and 18 months, beginning in August/September 2005. Studies can be pursued both within and outside the region.

‘Persons in the Cayman Islands wishing to apply for either the scholarships or the study grants can obtain application forms and related information from the Department of Tourism. Application forms are also available at all CTO offices and online at CTO’s website address www.onecaribbean.org

‘Forms must be filled out with all of the necessary information and returned to CTO’s headquarters in Barbados – One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados – by 15 April,’ said the press release.

Deserving winners

Since 1997, the Foundation has provided 15 major scholarships and 44 study grants, amounting to just over US$348,000 to deserving Caribbean nationals. Major CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO Chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of more than 30 governments and a myriad of private sector companies.

The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organisation provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and information technology, and sustainable development.