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Celebrating 26 Years of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education!

The Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute, has established itself as a beacon of excellence in the field of hospitality and tourism education over the last two and a half decades, continuously generating industry leaders and professionals who have made their mark on the world stage.  As we reflect on this remarkable journey, we pay tribute to THTI’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education and shaping the future of the hospitality and tourism industry in Tobago and beyond.

Since its inception in 1997, THTI has been dedicated to nurturing talent and empowering students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in the dynamic world of hospitality. What started as a modest institute has flourished into a renowned institution, setting new standards and inspiring others in the field.

THTI’s commitment to excellence has been unwavering, and its impact on the industry has been far-reaching. 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.The curriculum enables students to seamlessly transfer between tourism training organisations, and more importantly, offers a wider range of opportunities for employment.  

One of the key factors behind THTI’s success is its emphasis on practical learning. Recognizing that the hospitality industry is highly experiential, THTI has consistently provided students with hands-on training and real-world exposure. Through modern equipment, pop-up shops, industry partnerships, and internships, THTI ensures that its graduates are well-prepared to tackle the challenges and opportunities that await them in the professional realm. This practical approach sets THTI apart and has contributed to the institution’s reputation for producing competent and industry-ready graduates.

Ms. Shinelle Smith, Dean of Academics at THTI as Guest Speaker at the 2023 Tourism Women’s Forum. 

Chef Sonia Phillip, Le Cordon Bleu graduate (bottom left), culinary lecturer at THTI. 

Beyond academic excellence, THTI has fostered a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The institute encourages students to think creatively, explore new ideas, and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. Through industry partnerships and internship opportunities, THTI nurtures the next generation of hospitality innovators, empowering them to make significant contributions to the industry. This culture of innovation sets THTI apart and positions it as a trailblazer in the field of hospitality education.

Chef Arthur Patrick, culinary lecturer at THTI with students at Taste of Tobago event

As THTI celebrates its 26th anniversary, it is essential to acknowledge the contributions of its alumni, who have carved a niche for themselves in the hospitality industry. These accomplished individuals serve as ambassadors of THTI’s excellence and embody the institute’s values of professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to service. Their success stories are a testament to the transformative power of THTI’s education and the doors it opens for graduates.

Looking ahead, the future is bright for THTI and the hospitality industry it serves. As the world recovers from global challenges and embarks on a new era of travel and hospitality, THTI stands poised to continue its legacy of excellence. With its proven track record, strong industry connections, and commitment to innovation, THTI will continue to shape the future of hospitality education, produce leaders who drive positive change, and contribute to the growth and success of the industry.

Congratulations to THTI on 26 years of excellence in hospitality education. Here’s to many more years of empowering the next generation of hospitality professionals and setting new standards of excellence. Happy anniversary to the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute!

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