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Welcome to THTI

Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute is Tobago’s premier tertiary education institution that develops human capital for the hospitality, tourism and related sectors of the economy.  THTI offers  Associate Degree Programmes  alongside a multitude of short courses in Tourism,  Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Food & Beverage Operations.  The institute serves approximately one hundred and sixty (160) full time and part time students annually as well as one hundred and twenty (120) students in its Continuing Education Programmes.  THTI has bee accreditated by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) since 2014 and is presently, the only ACTT accredited hospitality and tourism institute in Trinidad and Tobago – a status denoting educational quality. Our Associate Degree graduates are able to further their studies anywhere in the world. 

THTI uses its institutional knowledge to provide information, innovation and inspiration to the industry. Located on a 100-acre estate of pristine forest lands overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, THTI’s sprawling campus is nestled within farming and fishing communities of Blenheim, Tobago. The institute is equipped with one of the largest commercial kitchens in the Caribbean region and regularly hosts culinary experiences such as international fine dining and wine tastings.


Our Vision

To be the beacon for innovative learning experiences.


Our Mission

THTI exists to provide unparalleled, diverse educational opportunities and empowerment while expanding and strengthening partnerships.


The Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (THTI) was founded in 1997 to address the need for trained professionals in the growing tourism and hospitality industries in order to compete in a globally competitive market, alongside other Caribbean islands. In 2006, THTI fully implemented the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Tourism Learning Systems (CTLS) Core Curriculum programme. This allowed the alignment of courses with those taught at other institutions throughout the region. The curriculum enables students to seamlessly transfer between tourism training organizations, and more importantly, offers a wider, range of opportunities for employment.

In 2009, THTI became the first indigenous Tobago institution to be registered with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). In 2014 THTI was awarded Institutional Accreditation and re-accredited in 2019 for an additional 5 years. Presently, THTI is among the list of approved and accredited educational institutions and the only ACTT accredited hospitality and tourism institution in Trinidad & Tobago.


Why is accreditation important to you?

The granting of accreditation status means that THTI has been evaluated and found to meet or exceed Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) criteria of educational quality. It also means that THTI is a GATE approved institution. Our Associate degree graduates are able to further their studies anywhere in the world. We continue to improve our standards as we seek to fulfill our mandate to the tourism and hospitality industry. To find out more about accreditation, please visit

Board of Directors

Mrs. Shurla Waldron Joseph – Chairman
Mr. Dale Lovelace – Deputy Chair
Mrs. Natasha Legal Roberts – Secretary


Mr. Kirton Sorias
Mr. Wayne James
Mrs. Mia Persad – Douglas
Mr. Darrell Bartholomew
Ms. Meisha Trim
Mr. Kleon Mc Pherson

Management Team

  • Dr. Stephen Sheppard – Chief Executive Officer
  • Ms. Shinelle Jamie Smith – Dean of Academic Services
  • Mrs. Vesta Patrick – James – Dean of Student Services
  • Ms. Nadia Lewis MBA, BSc – Manager of Financial Services
  • Ms. Jacqueline Panda – Manager of Human Resources
  • Ms. Keymer Whitlock – Manager of Maintenance
  • Ms. Chantelle Melville – Manager of Library Services
  • Ms. Jecoliah Mc Intosh – Manager of Quality
  • Ms. Safia Bulhan- Manager of Marketing & Communications

Human Resources

The Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (THTI) is a training institute for the tourism and hospitality sector in Tobago. Its mission is to develop the human resource capacities for the tourism industry, by providing relevant programmes and courses, being a repository of information for the industry, using high quality teaching staff, state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, and providing quality service within a professional and hospitable environment.

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ACTT Accredited

Awarded Institutional Accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago. 


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Celebrating 26 Years!

Generating industry leaders and professionals since September 8th 1997.

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