SHTA continues education initiative with NIPA visit

POSTED: 04/16/15 6:24 PM

St. Maarten – As part of the SHTA’s initiative to highlight educational institutions and programs related to the Hospitality industry, SHTA director Zaandam visited the NIPA where she participated in a “practical lunch” prepared by the culinary students.

The visit took place on Thursday and the lunch was prepared and served by the students under the expert guidance of Alex Adoptie, Culinary instructor and Renate De Weever, Cullinary Coordinator.

“Hospitality is not an industry and profession to be taken lightly. It is also not a profession that is suitable for everyone. In order to be able to provide the best service to our guest visiting and residents of our island, it is imperative that personnel are educated accordingly. Institutions such as the NIPA can greatly contribute towards elevating and maintaining the standard of service on St. Maarten”, said Zaandam. Earlier this year the SHTA signed an MOU with USM, where the pledge was made to continue to support Hospitality Education.

During the lunch the director received a tour of the facilities and was able to speak with the students. As a former Restaurant Techniques teacher Zaandam provided feedback on the service and offered words of encouragement to the students. The Director and the SHTA extends thanks to the NIPA Hospitality department for “a very enjoyable” lunch experience. “I look forward to seeing these students excel. I commend their teachers for their patience and dedication towards education the future of Hospitality in Country St. Maarten’, said Zaandam.

The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners, and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information please contact our offices at 542-0108 or visit our website at and

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