Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute (THTI)

Institute History

THTI Culinary delight

The Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute (THTI) was born out of a tripartite effort among the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the National Government and the Trinidad and Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (TTHTA). Formerly known as the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute - Tobago Campus, this educational establishment was founded to address the need for trained professionals in the growing tourism and hospitality industries; a definite priority, as the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago sought to be a force in a globally competitive market, alongside other Caribbean islands.

The Beginning

An IDB grant of two million United States dollars ($2,000,000.00USD) was realised for both the Trinidad and Tobago campuses and under the headship of Mr. William Aguiton, then chairman of the TTHTA. A project agreement was developed which identified the following mission: To develop for the hospitality and tourism sector an education and training system that was industry driven; the project execution unit was established in September 1996.

During December 1996 and January 1997, stakeholders from industry, education and government arenas, both in Trinidad and in Tobago, were invited to give their valuable contributions to the development of the strategic plan for the new institution. The final version of this plan was completed in February 1997 and presented to the newly appointed Board of Governors of the Institute and to the Board of Directors of the TTHTA. The TTHTI - Tobago Campus was established with the Tobago Chapter of the TTHTA (now the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association) as its direct custodians. The first Board of Directors was installed and the Tobago campus was officially opened in September 1997.

Officially Tobago's Hospitality & Tourism Institute

In the year 2003, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) agreed to assist with the funding of the Institute. In 2005 the THA assumed a greater management role in an effort to make training programmes more readily available to Tobagonians. On May 31st 2005 a new Board of Directors, carefully selected by the THA, was inaugurated by Chief Secretary, the Honourable Orville London and Secretary for the Division of Tourism and Transportation (the Division under which THTI operates), the Honourable Neil Wilson. On March 3rd, 2006 the organisation’s name was legally changed to the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute and incorporated as a private company.

As part of the dedicated and continuing effort to develop THTI into the Caribbean’s premiere tertiary level educational institution in Culinary Management, the Institute has made a number of revisions and improvements to its academic offerings and facilities. For example, in 2006, THTI fully implemented the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Core Curriculum programme, thereby aligning our courses with those taught at other institutions throughout the region. This allows students to seamlessly transfer between tourism training organisations, but more importantly, it offers a wider, regional range of opportunities for employment. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed with the University of the West Indies (UWI), which allows Associate Degree students to complete their Bachelor Degree with two years of further study: a 2 + 2 system.

THTI Timeline

World Class Quality

In July 2005, Mr. Christos D. Salvaris, a distinguished and certified Food and Beverage Executive, with Masters in Professional Studies and a lecturer at the Centre for Hotel & Tourism Management, UWI (Nassau, Bahamas) was contracted for one year. His primary objective was to conduct a needs assessment of the industry’s food and beverage operations and to assist THTI with an appropriate response to the training gaps identified. To this end the THA committed an initial investment of approximately TT$3 million towards the design and construction of a world class, state of the art production kitchen and restaurant. The Top O’ the Mill Restaurant & Bar and Training Production Kitchen, was subsequently opened on February 22nd, 2008, after a total investment of approximately TT$10 million dollars. This facility provides the ideal environment for advanced culinary students who want a truly modern, world standard, practical learning experience.

The Institute is proud to be the only tertiary level institution of its kind on the idyllic island of Tobago, fully catering to the dynamic needs of the hospitality and tourism industries. Our mission: to develop 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. Welcome to the THTI. Committed to Tourism. Committed to You.

In 2009, THTI became the first indigenous Tobagonian institution to be registered with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT), further highlighting the quality of our programmes and lecturers.

Welcome to the THTI.
Committed to Tourism. Committed to You.


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