Tourism teachers attending conference starting today

Nearly 40 institutions teach courses and conduct academic programs in tourism, and those who give these courses have been invited to a two-day training session starting today at Universidad Latina in San Pedro.

The conference is being put on by the Comisión Nacional de Educación Turística, which said that there are five universities, 10 private university-level schools, two colegios universitarios and more than 20 high schools in the country giving tourism training.

This is the sixth such conference. The emphasis is on new technologies and innovations for the teaching of tourism, said the commission.

The commission said it expects some 150 tourism teachers to attend and participate in discussions of experience, roundtables and talks with tourism operators.

Among the organizations participating are the Asociación de Costarricense de Profesionales en Tusismo, and the Cámera Nacional de Turismo.

Some of the professionals listed on the program are Johnny Garita, head of maintenance at the Hotel Holiday Inn, Escazú; Patricia Forero, general manager of Horizontes Nature Tours, and Jackeline López, manager of administration and sustainability at Mapache Rent a Car. They will speak Wednesday.

Teachers also will hear from Raúl Trejos, development chief at the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones. He speaks at 2 p.m. today.

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