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Boat Boys attend training session in St. Lucia


Eight Waterfront Operators (‘Boat Boys’) from Bequia, Union Island, Mayreau, Canouan, Cumberland, Chateaubelair and Wallilabou left the state on July 28, 2011, for St. Lucia, where they spent three days on a study tour.{{more}}

The ‘Boat Boys’, who ply their trade throughout the ports and bays of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were accompanied by two officials from the Product Development Unit in the Ministry of Tourism and Industry.

The objective of the tour was to enhance service in the yachting sector and to build capacity among the Waterfront Service providers.

The study tour gave an opportunity to the ‘Boat Boys’ to gain first hand experience of best practices in the region, which they can apply to their trade. They participated in interactive sessions with the St. Lucia Boat Boys, introductory training sessions on Excellent Service Delivery and will visit various tourism sites, ports and marinas.

While in St. Lucia, they were hosted by the St. Lucia Tourism Board, with assistance from Nigel Mitchell, Director of the St. Lucia Tourism Development Programme.

The Ministry has embarked on this initiative through funding received from the European Union and assistance given by John West of TMM (St. Vincent) Ltd who provided two yachts for the Waterfront Operators to travel to and from St. Lucia.