They are the future and it starts with them.
That was the response of General Manager of Divi Southwinds Resort, Alvin Jemmott, this morning as more than 40 students from the Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary toured the St. Lawrence, Christ Church property.
It was an experience Senior Teacher, Heather Cave, said was in keeping with their theme from the Social Studies classes, Sharing Our Beautiful Island, where the children would be exposed to many of the different jobs available in tourism.
Jemmott noted though that trips like these were important for children because they were essentially the future of the business.
“I’m standing here today with the future of tourism in Barbados and this is for me, really and truly, where it all begins, sensitising our children to the importance of tourism and these young ones from Charles F. Broome are here today to take a tour of the hotel to get a feeling of what a hotel is all about.
“Only this morning I attended a presentation of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association where they were presenting a tourism tool for orientation into new hires and reorientation of staff into tourism and all the businesses that interact with tourism, and to me this is equally as important — getting the children of Barbados to understand what is this thing called tourism,” he said.
The general manager and former BHTA head said it was also important for the children to understand how tourism worked, its impact on them and how they could make a contribution in the future.
Cave said they had brought about 41 Infants A students on the trip, but that a second trip would take place tomorrow. She explained because of the size of the classes, they had to split the trip across the two days to give everyone the opportunity to share in the same information.
After a moment spent chatting with the general manager, the students were led on the tour by Harriette Rowe. They seemed fascinated with the pools which they passed on the way to the Bajan Breeze Restaurant for their first education segment.
They learnt about the staff who served, prepared the food and cleaned those areas, as well as about place settings, the different types of glasses for different beverages, and even got the chance to converse and pose questions to Andrew Douglas, who is responsible for the cleanliness of the pool and beach areas.
Following the tour, Cave said the students would be given assignments to assess how much they learnt about tourism and those who work in the sector. (LB)