The highly successful Tourism Education Programme will be adding, in September 2019, a Garden Project to its programme, which will give students in-depth knowledge and hands on experience on the linkages between tourism and agriculture, better known as Agro-tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism saw the need to show students these linkages after the recent acquisition of the St. Kitts Eco-Park, says Tourism Research/Education Officer, Therez Ambrose-Versailles.
Mrs. Ambrose-Versailles said that the ministry enlisted the help of the Department of Agriculture, which has played an integral role in implementing the pilot programme at the Basseterre High School (BHS) where a small area has been designated to grow a vegetable garden.
“We had an idea of how we thought it could have been rolled out,” she said. “So we got the experts in on it and we started to discuss how we could expand upon it. The Department of Agriculture said that it would be best, starting from September, we do a more holistic approach to the Garden Project. In this way, the students can see the linkages…
…They would learn about what to do after they have their produce. That is when marketing comes into play. We can present from a tourism point of view and they can present an agricultural point of view and we link them so that students can see how agriculture can become a business and how it can correlate with tourism as it is our main economic diver.”