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Government of Antigua and Barbuda
It was a moment of pride as over 80 students graduated from the class of 2015 of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotel Training Institute (ABHTI). Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael saw the organization and execution of the ceremony held at the Royal Antiguan Resort as first class and commends the Board and Faculty of the Institution on a job well done.
“I must commend the ABHTI Graduating class of 2015 on the exceptional level of passes achieved in the various programs offered at the institution. The commencement exercise signified the dedication and commitment of the Board and Faculty and I must commend them as well on a job well done,” stated Minister Michael.
The institution aims at creating skilled workforce and professionals for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. It is run by a Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Ms. Shirlene Nibbs. The ceremony began with the commencement address delivered by Mr. Antoine Browne, General Manager of the St. James Club and Villas. Browne addressed the newly certified tourism industry personnel, “Do not confuse service with being subservient…hospitality should be practiced every day of our lives and it goes way beyond the workplace.”
Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams were present at the ceremony with His Excellency presenting the award to Valedictorian of the class of 2015 Mrs. Karen Williams of the Resort Management fraternity.
The Honorable Minister of Tourism who presented awards to the top performing graduates in each program module assured his government’s commitment towards the continued development and expansion of the ABHTI in its quest to become the premier Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).