USAID's Partnership with AmCham and Leading Hotels to Strengthen Tourism and Hospitality

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
The launch event of Best Practices and International Standards to Hospitality Industry Initiative

The launch event of “Best Practices and International Standards to Hospitality Industry Initiative” exemplifies the U.S. government’s commitment to partnerships that advance Georgia’s inclusive economic growth. This initiative, facilitated by USAID’s Economic Security Program, strengthens standards for the hospitality and tourism sectors by establishing internationally certified training courses and paid internships for up to 100 participants. The initiative is implemented by AmCham in partnership with GMT Group (Marriott Hotels), Silk Hospitality (Radisson Hotels), and Sheraton Grand Metechi Palace. Together, the partners are offering a comprehensive technical assistance program that introduces international standards to Georgia’s hospitality industry, which will result in exceptional, world-class service for high-value tourists.  This program, along with many others conducted by the U.S. Embassy’s 30 offices and agencies, demonstrates the breadth of the U.S.—Georgia partnership, and is especially poignant as we mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between our countries. 

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Mariam Kvrivishvili, representatives of USAID, AmCham Tourism Committee and representatives from partner hotels attended the event.

The internationally-certified, five-month, on-the-job training program will take place through the world’s leading hospitality companies, offering a unique opportunity for participants to grow and succeed by gaining fundamental knowledge of hotel operations, improving their skills, and gaining full-time employment in Tbilisi and regions in partner, and other, hotels. Training participants will receive 800 hours of on-the-job instruction from internationally-certified trainers from partner hotel groups, utilizing a curriculum that heretofore was only available for the training of hotel personnel. In addition, the members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s tourism committee will share best practices to facilitate the broader integration of international standards and approaches into Georgia’s tourism sector.

Last updated: May 17, 2022

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