The Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), formerly known as the Hotel Training Centre began in 1977 as a unit of the Antigua State College at Golden Grove which came out of a merger of the Leeward Islands Teachers’ Training College, and the Golden Grove Technical College. At that time the Golden Grove Technical College included to form the Advanced Level Department at the Antigua State College. Our Vision states that we seek to be the premier Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and wider Caribbean.
At ABHTI, we believe that the life of the mind is vitally linked to a life of imagination, level-headedness, and action. Because of this, we have developed a selection of programmes that will enable you to create a solid learning experience that takes you into the future. ABHTI will equip you for an exciting career, opportunities and responsibilities in the Tourism/Hospitality Industry, and for a lifetime of learning and growth. An ABHTI education is your first step to becoming a Hospitality Professional.
We offer courses to new entrants to the Tourism Industry between the ages of 16 and older. Students have the option of pursing a 2-year program of study or a 1-year program. The courses are full time, five days per week, for a 10- or 20-month duration. On completion of this period, students are attached to a hotel for two months internship (between 360 and 480 hours) to gain practical experience. The main curricula of the institute are that of the Caribbean Tourism Learning System (CTLS) developed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The institute’s physical structure comprises six major buildings which include the Administrative Building, Front Office and Computer Lab, four (4) lecture rooms, a demo kitchen, a demo bar, conference room, a model hotel room, a laundry, a state-of-the-art kitchen and the Atlantic View Restaurant. We are located at Dutchman’s Bay on 22 acres of land.
What career can I have with an ABHTI Education?
- Customer Service Representative
- Event Planner/Co-ordinator
- Flight Attendant
- Food and Beverage Wait-staff
- Food and Beverage Supervisor
- Guest Relations Officer
- Housekeeper/ Housekeeping Supervisor
- Receptionist Room Attendant
- Special Events Coordinator
- Supervisor within the Hospitality Industry
- Travel Agent
- Tour Operator
- Tourism Information Officer
- Taxi / Chauffeur Operator