Government and UWI Discuss Further Training for Tourism Workers

first_imgThe Government is in discussion with the University of the West Indies (UWI) regarding potential training options that can be explored and initiated to further boost the competence of tourism workers.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who is leading the discussions on behalf of the Government, said it is anticipated that the outcome of the talks “will take us into another tier of that whole process of building professionalism within the sector, through the university”.The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards finalists, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (March 12).Mr. Bartlett, who indicated that the initiative will be further outlined during his 2019/20 Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament, said the undertaking represents the start of labour transformation arrangements in the tourism sector.He noted that the existing scenario “sometimes makes it difficult for us to classify the workers”, in order to create the attendant remuneration.In this regard, the Minister said it is anticipated that with the proposed collaboration being pursued, beneficiaries will be recognised for their contributions and rewarded “appropriately”.Mr. Bartlett further indicated that for beneficiaries entering the world of work for the first time, “when you come in, you come in at a certain level with a salary arranged scale that is [recognised]… and then you are able to move up, based on qualification, competence and performance at every level”.The 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 30 in Montego Bay.The event will recognise and honour individuals and organisations across the industry who have distinguished themselves through service excellence.last_img read more

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MAN Engines to Power Global Class Cruise Ship Duo

first_imgzoom MV Werften, a group of three of the largest shipyards in Germany, has ordered type 48/60CR engines for two Global Class cruise ships being built for Genting Hong Kong’s Star Cruises brand.German marine propulsion producer MAN Diesel & Turbo will equip each of the 200,000 gross ton vessels with six engines with a combined output of 96,000 kW.The ocean-going giants, which will operate in China and all over Asia, are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.Genting Hong Kong recently launched its new cruise line brand Dream Cruises with two 150,000 gross ton ships equipped with MAN engines. The first vessel, the Genting Dream, was delivered in mid-October, while the second cruise ship, the World Dream, is set to join its owner in late 2017.“The cruise business is globally experiencing strong growth. This has led to very long lead times of up to ten years for new large cruise ships, since only few shipyards are specialized in the very challenging construction process of cruise ships. We want to change this by having earlier delivery and incorporate the latest design as the ships are being built,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and CEO of the Genting corporation, said.last_img read more

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