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Cayman to host CTO tourism human resources conference

The Cayman Tourism Organisation is bringing its human resources conference to the Cayman Islands for the very first time.

Regional HR and tourism professionals from public and private sectors will convene next week to discuss the burning issues of this vibrant and dynamic industry.

It’s been said that the number one asset of any tourism destination is its workforce.

Next week, tourism and HR professionals from around the region are converging in Grand Cayman next week to ensure the Caribbean stays competitive in this dynamic global industry.

“It’s a topic not just important boy just to the Cayman Islands but to the rest of the Caribbean.

Department of Tourism Deputy Director for Tourism Product Development Gail Henry told Cayman 27 while each CTO member country may have different human resources challenges, it takes the right workforce to stay competitive.

“It’s going to revolve around about strategies in terms of how you develop your tourism education, you know within curriculum, schools, etc., how do you get young persons and so on involved in developing careers in tourism and hospitality and looking at issues like leadership,” said Ms. Henry.

“It’s bringing players who are at different levels in their tourism development, they’re bringing players together who are as you mentioned, their workforce dynamic is different,” said CTO Regional Human Resource Development Consultant Sharon Banfield-Bovell, who spoke with Cayman 27 via Skype from Barbados. “We are dealing with an ever-changing tourism environment, it’s rapidly changing and we need to be with the times.”

She said attendees can expect an agenda full of topics and panelists relevant to today’s evolving tourism landscape.

The theme of this year’s conference is building a resilient, high-performing and sustainable Caribbean tourism workforce for global competitiveness.

The three-day intensive runs from November 28th through the 30th.

More details can be found here.

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