The Trinidad Guardian / The Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute ( THTI) would be holding its First Golf Tournament on July 14 and 15 at the Magdelena Grand Hotel, Tobago. This was announced last Friday at a formal launch of the tournament at the THTI’s Blenheim, Mt St George campus. Stephen Sheppard, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the THTI said the golf tournament would contribute to the brand development for the THTI and towards the tourism thrust of Tobago. Sheppard said he expects two big name golfers are expected to participate in the event.
He said, “Competitive advantage is no longer natural but is increasingly based on the human element driven by science, technology, information, innovation and customer service excellence.” He said tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world becoming a key driver for socio economic progress.
Sheppard pointed out that, “Today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surprises that of oil exports, food products or automobiles and has become one of the major players in international commerce and represents at the same time one of the main income sources for many developing countries.”
He said according to the UN long term forecast report, tourism is expected to increase by 3.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2030 to a figure of 1.3 billion persons by 2030. He sighted T&T as one of the emerging markets to grow faster than established destinations.
Sheppard said tertiary education institutes are being called in to play a greater role in their funding. Funds raised through the golf tournament would be used to supplement the subvention given from the THA for the running of the institution and undertake new projects. Hs said, “There are sponsorship plans available and these range from $3,000 to $175,000 and we are asking everyone for the benefits of the students to give generously.”
Guardian Media Sports was told that THTI is also practising diversification and would be launching strategic business units as the THTI Explore, an educational tour company to take tours around the world, THTI Comida, a venture that would be hosting happy hours from 5- 7 daily and taking orders for food, THTI Grow, an agricultural project to grow organic produce on the 99 acres controlled by the institute and market surplus production
The tournament is a two-ball-better-ball tournament with a maximum handicap of 18. Sponsorship for a team of two persons cost $6,000 per team. There is also room for advertising and other ventures at the event. Further information can be sought from the The THTI calling 660-2196 or emailing [email protected]
THTI hosts better-ball golf tournament
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