The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
invited eight Caymanian students to spend several weeks this summer interning
at the resort. The initiative is part of the Ritz-Carlton’s recognition that
the sustainability of luxury hospitality in the Cayman Islands depends on
involvement of the country’s future leaders.
The students are gaining paid,
hands-on work experience in departments ranging from sales & marketing,
meetings and special events, water sports, reservations, food and beverage,
guest services and finance.
Some of the interns are actively
pursuing hospitality degrees, such as Lexie Bush and Deandra Ebanks, who are
enrolled at Johnson & Wales University in the US, while others are getting
their first taste of the industry through this work experience.
“This program is part of our
long-term vision to attract young Caymanians to the industry,” said Vice
President and General Manager Franz Ferschke.
“We believe this experience will
contribute to an overall respect and appreciation for tourism’s role in
Cayman’s prosperity. Even if these talented young people choose another career
path, they might think of tourism a bit differently than the generations before
who favoured careers in finance. But we will certainly do our best to make them
want to come back when they graduate.”