A two-week long training in Tourism & Hospitality on Professional Training, Itinerary Planning & Costing, Fire Fighting, Table Manners and Table Set Up, was held from the 14th to the 24th of January and culminated with a graduation on the 25th January at the Ministry of Line & Phoenix Islands Development Boardroom in Kiritimati island A total of 28 individuals from various tourism businesses and communities around Kiritimati completed these trainings and obtained a certificate in either or more of these subjects.
The program began with a 4-day training on Professional Tour Guiding conducted by the Principal Tourism Officer, then followed by a one-day Fire Fighting training by the Officer Commanding District (OCD) Mr Nakibae Rateki, a two-day training on Tour Itinerary and Costing conducted by the Tourism Officer, and a one-day Table Manners & Set Up training, which Ms Rarai Totie from Captain Cook Hotel conducted.
These trainings were carried out as part of the Tourism office’s responsibilities and work plan for this year to develop the capacity of the employees of the existing hotels and the people in Kiritimati who want to pursue a career in the Tourism & Hospitality sector. In his speech, the Honorable Minister Mikarite Temari, thanked the Tourism Office for organizing these trainings given the fact that the present Government is now focusing on the tourism sector, besides fisheries, for leading economic development in Kiribati under its Kiribati Vision for 20 years , known as KV20. He also stressed that Kiribati requires a skilled labour force to work in the Tourism & Hospitality sector, particularly in Kiritimati, since it is one of the renowned fly-fishing destinations in the world.
As part of the Ministry of Line & Phoenix Islands support for this Training, they provided free venue and facilities for which the KNTO is very grateful. Without these, these trainings would not have been possible. Given the many interests mostly from the community, the Tourism Office plans to hold this same series of trainings next month.