On Monday, January 30, 2017, author Angela Cleare (and former Part-time lecturer at CHTM) celebrated the publication of her second book with an official launch held at the British Colonial Hilton. The occasion was attended by contributors, family and friends and tourism industry experts. Senior Director (Airlift) at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Tyrone Sawyer was Master of Ceremonies. The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism (Bahamas) brought remarks and spoke highly of Ms. Cleare’s many years of service to Bahamian tourism and her ongoing dedication to The Bahamas and the industry.
The publication, Business of Tourism in the 21st Century: A Caribbean Approach, is assembled into 24 chapters in nine sections and is aimed at advanced secondary and undergraduate students of tourism. It gives a comprehensive review of the development and management of tourism in the Bahamas. The inclusion of statistics, case studies and review questions make it an invaluable resource for students and a useful teaching tool for educators.
Case studies and articles were contributed by an impressive list of twenty-three industry experts including Dr. Andrew Spencer (Programme Director – CHTM), Vincent Vanderpool Wallace (former Director General – Bahamas Minister of Tourism), Eleanor Phillips (Director – The Nature Conservancy), Dr. Judith Gobin (Senior Lecturer, UWI St. Augustine and former Chairman of the Board, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad), Stuart Bowe (President, BHTA), Kerry Fountain (Executive Director, Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board), Lynn Gape (Deputy Executive Director, Bahamas National Trust) as well as several other noteworthy experts.
Ms. Cleare reviewed the project and extended gratitude to all the contributors, her two editors (Elizabeth Mackay, Lecturer -University of the West Indies and Monique Hepburn, Director – Ministry of Tourism), Mr. Ambrose Fernander (Cover Design), Mr. Baltron Bethel – first Bahamian Director General of Tourism (Foreword), as well as the wonderful and supportive staff at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Statistics.
Copies of the publication were generously presented to contributors, high school tourism teacher’s in attendance as well as to the young members of the author’s family. Ms. Cleare was particularly thankful for the love and unwavering support of her family and friends who filled the room and expressed their obvious admiration.
Reviews of the book were written by The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Sir Arthur Foulkes (Former Governor General of The Bahamas), Wendall Jones and Sharon Poitier.
We congratulate Angela on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success.