1?000 bar staff trained for World Cup

2010-05-18 00:00

AROUND 1 000 bar staff have been trained countrywide to work at match venues in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban ahead of the Fifa 2010 Football World Cup next month.

Thirst Bar Services have been running a training programme that seeks to ensure that prospective bartenders provide excellent services to visitors during the World Cup.

The training incorporates the basic responsibilities and duties of a bartender.

This includes identifying glassware, brand knowledge, pouring techniques, guest interaction and suggestive selling.

The training has also placed an emphasis on bar staff recognising the nationality of guests and offering drinks of the countries where they come from.

Thirst will be supplying bartenders to four different catering companies that will be involved at the World Cup.

The companies are all associated with Match Hospitality, Fifa’s official hospitality arm for the tournament. This means that Thirst Bar Services will be giving bartenders the chance to work in general hospitality tents, VIP hospitality tents and at VVIP hospitality tents at the stadiums.

Michael Axcell, managing member of Thirst KZN, said he is confident the bar staff will be trained in time to provide quality services to customers.

“We are incredibly excited to be involved and to have been awarded such an important responsibility,” he said.

“From the relationship and involvement that we have had up till now, we have seen that this World Cup is well organised and that we will all be well prepared for the scheduled dates.”

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