Atlantis’ Dorothy Deveaux and Bradley Babbs receive tourism scholarships

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Bahamians Dorothy Deveaux and Bradley Babbs, Atlantis employees, are among two dozen Caribbean nationals who have received scholarships from the recently announced professional development program for Caribbean hospitality professionals, launched by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) and Les Roches, the hospitality management institution.

Designed to accelerate the trajectory of participants’ hospitality careers, the program attracted more than 150 applicants over the summer.

Eleven candidates received a joint scholarship, which covers more than 75 percent of the program cost, and Les Roches offered a 50 percent bursary to an additional 13 candidates whose qualifications and potential could not be overlooked by the evaluation committee.

Deveaux and Babbs were among candidates selected from across the Caribbean, and include hospitality professionals from both independent hotels and globally recognized branded hotels.

Deveaux is a CHTAEF/Les Roches professional development winner.

Babbs is a Les Roches bursary winner.

“The support of CHTA member hoteliers, who have encouraged their staff to apply to this executive postgraduate online program, demonstrates a strong commitment to quality tourism and excellence in the region,” said Carlos Diez de la Lastra Buigues, managing director of Les Roches Marbella.

Atlantis Paradise Island and St. Lucia’s Ladera Resort and Bay Gardens Resorts will add to the roster of scholars by supporting additional candidates for the program in the future, while Sandals Foundation has committed a $10,000 donation toward the overall sustainability of the program, supporting some of the most deserving candidates across the region’s hospitality sector.

Karolin Troubetzkoy, chair of CHTAEF, said the foundation was delighted to live up to its mission to improve and elevate the quality of tourism professionals through education and training.

“We need to make serious investments in the future leaders of our region, while ensuring that the Caribbean is known as a center of excellence in one of the largest industries in the world. And we are off to a great start with Les Roches and our region’s finest hotels and resorts,” she said.

As part of its mission, CHTAEF provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the varied career opportunities in the industry, as well as technical and professional development through scholarships, special assistance initiatives and other training programs. The education foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.

CHTAEF volunteer trustees administer one of the largest scholarship programs available in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry. Funds for the scholarships and grants are generated from corporate sponsorships, benefit auctions and special events.

Les Roches offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in hospitality, tourism and event management, following the Swiss model of education. With three campuses across Switzerland, Spain and China, and a student body of more than 100 different nationalities, the institution provides students with a unique, culturally diverse experience.

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