Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Coenjaerts to be keynote speaker for CTO's conference in Cayman

Claudia Coenjaerts, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Claudia Coenjaerts, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

The Caribbean Tourism Organization on Tuesday announced that Claudia Coenjaerts, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s conference in November.

The CTO's annual conference set for November 28- 30 will be held in Cayman at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

In making the announcement, the CTO noted that Coenjaerts’ keynote speech, “The Future of Work – What Will Become the New Normal,” will address major ongoing changes in the labor force, which are anticipated to intensify in the future. She will explore the challenges of building a high-performing, resilient workforce and provide suggestions for rethinking engagement with human resources in the ever-changing tourism environment.

According to the CTO, Coenjaerts brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion having joined the ILO in 1995 where she worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to her current role, Coenjaerts served an 18-month tenure as president and chief executive officer of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C.

A Belgian national, Coenjaerts holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT), the conference will examine development of the region’s tourism personnel under the theme Building a Resilient, High-performing and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Workforce for Global Competitiveness.

The 9th Tourism Human Resources Conference comes at a time when the Caribbean faces increased global competition in the high-tech, innovation-driven industry, and amidst increasing calls for a total rethink of the way tourism leaders engage with the workforce.

The event will bring together tourism practitioners from the public and private sectors, human resource professionals, tourism educators/trainers and consultants as well as tourism and hospitality students of tertiary institutions.

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