The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) recently held an orientation ceremony for 24 new students in a ceremony held at its campus in Kanifing.
The training, which will last three months, is aimed at creating professionally trained hospitality security personnel for the industry in a bid to enhance quality service delivery.
The initiative, the first of its kind, is organised by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment with funding from the United Nations Development Programme Country Programme Action Plan (UNDP-CPAP).
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Modou Lamin Singhateh, the Deputy Director General of the Institute, said the launching of the programme is in line with The Gambia Tourism Board’s quest to promote the development of the hospitality industry.
Anna Jobe, a representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, highlighted the importance of the initiative, noting that it is also designed to create job opportunities for youths in their move to discourage illegal migration. She, therefore, urged participants to take the training seriously.
Abdoulie Touray from the UNDP said the training is in line with the National Development Plans on youth employment. While calling on participants to take the training seriously, Touray thanked all stakeholders who contributed to the initiative for their support.
“This training would not have been successful without the collaboration of stakeholders,” he added.
The Director General of GTBoard, Abdoulie Hydara, thanked the organisers of the programme for their support. “My role here is to thank you. This is quite a welcome initiative,” he stated, while using the opportunity to express his office’s commitment in promoting tourism in the country.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow & Binta