BVI Tourist Board Holds First Teachers Academy

19 Dec 2014
BVI Tourist Board Holds First Teachers Academy

Tortola, British Virgin Islands December 19, 2014- The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board held its first Teachers Academy Workshop: a program designed to ensure teachers in the BVI are exposed more closely to the BVI tourism product and better equipped to educate students in tourism education courses. Held
on 15th December at the Moorings Mariner Inn, the workshop was attended by a total of 13 teachers from Elmore Stoutt High School, Technical Vocational School, and Bregado Flax Educational Secondary School.

The Teachers Academy was comprised of a theory and practical session that featuredspeakers from the BVI who have vast amounts of knowledge and experience in the tourismindustry. The speakers included Director of Tourism, Ms. Sharon Flax-Mars who spoke on Bridging the Gap – Tourism Education Professionals; Visitor Intervention Services Coordinator (VISC), Mr. Albert Wheatley on The Advent of Tourism in the BVI, Tourism from the Visitors' Perspective, and The Importance of VISC; Former Legislator and Cultural Expert, Ms. Eileen Parsons on Cultural Tourism; General Manager Nail Bay Driftwood Resort, Mr. Trefor Grant, Tourism Linkages, GDP/Economy/Service vs. Servitude/Why Choose a Career in the Hospitality Industry.

The Afternoon session entailed a familiarisation (FAM) trip to experience the Virgin Islands Original Canopy Tour, and visit a few of the renowned accommodations on Tortola such as Golden Pavilion Villa, Alamanda Estate, and The Moorings. The FAM trip provided an opportunity for the teachers to gain further knowledge in distinguishing the differences between a villa, a guesthouse, and a resort in addition to participating in some of the activities offered to our visitors.