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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites is encouraging students who wish to enter the field of hospitality and tourism to adopt the kind of positive attitude.
  • Minister Thwaites, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) Research and Exhibition Day at UTech.
  • The Minister congratulated UTech for its work to prepare students with the qualities required for the industry.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites is encouraging students who wish to enter the field of hospitality and tourism to adopt the kind of positive attitude, which will encourage visitors to return to the country.

Minister Thwaites, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) Research and Exhibition Day at the University of Technology (UTech) on Thursday, March 27, emphasised that the right attitude can influence whether visitors return to the island.

He pointed out persons do not have to “go to extreme lengths”, but a simple “smiling face and a pleasing personality” can make a significant difference, and have a lasting impact visitors.

The Minister congratulated UTech for its work to prepare students with the qualities required for the industry, noting that “this is exactly the kind of engagement that the Government of Jamaica wants UTech to expand in.”

He further lauded the SHTM on hosting the event, expressing his satisfaction with several of the research topics, including exploring the use of sweet potato. This he said, is a key area of research, which would assist in reducing the cost of importing food for the school feeding programme, which costs $4 billion per year.

The Minister said he was also impressed with other innovative research areas such as the creation of a diabetic restaurant; revamping and rebranding national heroes park as a major visitor attraction in downtown Kingston; introduction of a spa on Goat Islands; and the creation of a state-of-the-art sport and wellness resort.

The exhibition, which was planned and executed by final year students of SHTM, showcased research findings.

The event was also held as part of the College of Business and Management’s annual ‘Celebration of Excellence, designed to showcase and promote excellence among students and staff and. This is aimed at advancing the culture of excellence in scholarship, research and entrepreneurship, at the University.