Tourism industry contributes about four percent of Singapore’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Every year, there is an increase of visitors and tourists noted. With this, it is important for the country to improve the hospitality services. Improving hospitality services also entail raising the standards of the workforce. This is where SHATEC (Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre) comes in.
Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang revealed on the celebration of SHATEC’s thirtieth anniversary that the institute would initiate programmes to entice many people to consider tourism jobs. The institute is proud to say that it has been working with different government agencies to improve labour potential and job preservation in the industry.
The institution was founded in 1983 to equip the Hospitality Industry with skilled workforce. The institute trained more than 30,000 students since its commencement to give strong foundation for the tourism and hospitality industries. The institute offer WSQ Advanced Certificate in Food and Beverage, Culinary Arts and Hotel and Accommodation Services. Diploma and other certificates are also provided.
Notably, Singapore has to increase its tourism efforts given the recent haze which affected the whole country and caused massive inconvenience for tourists and locals alike. Apart from forcing the closing of the Seletar Airport and Singapore Flyer, one of the country’s top draws, the haze has also affected public transport and has even seeped into homes. Thankfully, the country’s tourism is getting back on track.
Tourism is important in Singapore. It should be maintained and further improved for the sake of the country and its visitors.