Nisbet Plantation Introduces Island’s Youth to Hospitality Industry

Exposition Nevis

Throughout May, Nevis celebrated “Exposition Nevis,” a series of activities to help generate tourism awareness. In a country that relies on tourism and hospitality, we want to support the future leaders of our island and teach primary school students about these industries.

Much to everyone’s delight, the Ministry of Tourism offered Nisbet the opportunity to participate in their Hospitality Immersion program. We welcomed 60 students to Nisbet Plantation from three local schools to showcase opportunities within the hospitality field.

Career Day at Nisbet PlantationPhoto: Tina Thuell Photography

Learning the Industry

After a warm Nisbet welcome, we divided the students into break-out groups to focus on the front desk, housekeeping and food & beverage departments. First, our reservations manager, Leonora, discussed the ins and outs of managing the front desk. This included an overview of things like answering phones, taking reservations, planning island activities, and most importantly, positively engaging with guests.

Then, the head of our housekeeping team, Velma, showed the group what it means to prepare a beautiful room for guests. The kids most enjoyed learning the art of making a bed and practicing themselves!

Velma - Career Day at Nisbet PlantationPhoto: Tina Thuell Photography

Next, Assistant Manager Don and Maître D’ Patterson led the tour of our restaurants and kitchen, and they also taught the group how to properly set a table. The real F&B fun came when the kids took turns role playing as servers and lunch guests. To conclude the day, our visitors sampled refreshing fruit punch and delicious homemade cookies.

Career Day at Nisbet PlantationPhoto: Tina Thuell Photography

Overall, the staff enjoyed sharing their experiences, careers and day-to-day responsibilities. For the students and staff alike, it was truly a wonderful day — We’re glad to have sparked an interest in the industry and sincerely hope many future Nisbet employees are in this bright group!

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