Members of the NTHP Task Force met yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

The National Tourism Host Programme (NTHP) Task Force, created to provide support on the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of activities of the NTHP, held its second meeting yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, to discuss issues of import to the sector.

The Task Force, which is chaired by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Shelley Carrington, has been in effect from December 2012 and receives input from stakeholder representatives including the Barbados Tourism Authority, the Tourism Development Corporation and the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados.

Conceptualised in June 2012, the NTHP aims to increase awareness about the hospitality sector among the general population and persons employed or associated with the industry.?? With a goal of improving guest relations and experiences; ensuring guests are provided with accurate and useful information; and providing employers with systems to support the continued success of the sector, the NTHP features two components – Barbados Together and Hosting Bajan Style.

The former element, seen as the ???public face’ of the Programme, seeks to improve the knowledge base and awareness of Barbadians, who are critical to the quality of guests’ experiences; while Hosting Bajan Style will speak to the organisation and management structure required for a sustainable and successful tourism industry.

The NTHP Task Force hosted its inaugural meeting last month.


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