TeamCHTM’s 6th consecutive year of participation in International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) got off to a very early start on Saturday, September 17th, 2016. We overcame the early hours and had a fun time together at South Beach with our 21 strong team. This year’s event was another resounding success- a great day for TeamCHTM and one we’ll remember for a long time.
We take this opportunity to say thank you:
To our sleep deprived team who braved the 7:30am pickup and the blazing sun and gave it their all. As well as our Student Executive Committee members (Neil, Keron and Jenielle) – our secret weapons in planning this surprise.
To our admin staff who kept the ideas pouring in, secured sponsors for our thank you lunch and who were an invaluable support in planning this year’s event. Ms. Glinton, Mrs. Carey and and Mrs. Rollins – we couldn’t have done it without you.
To our sponsors who made our TeamCHTM lunch and awards possible. Sandals Royal Bahamian (grand prize), Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeye’s, Sugar Bliss (can you say divine) and CHTM (transportation).
No event would be complete without some fun and games. Teams participated in the Global Weird Finds Challenge. With a two minute countdown, lots of shuffling and possible cheating (we’re still not sure what happened there;-), one luck team won a red velvet cake.
For the grand finale students participated in an individual ICC 2015 quiz competition. After a few moans and groans the quiz was off to an exciting start. Congratulations to Stevvalyn Jack, the happy winner of two passes to Sandals Royal Bahamian.
Coastal cleanups serve the purpose of discarding debris that are around coasts and shore lines. It also serves as a way to collect data on the debris issues that exist near coastlines. This data can help organizations develop ways to prevent litter and educate the public on the effects the debris can have on natural attractions and wildlife.
The more negative effects that people are aware of, the less likely they are to contribute to the problem. Build-up of non-biodegradable litter can pose a threat to marine life and detracts from the appearance of our country’s beaches. Our beautiful beaches and marine life serve as one of our biggest tourism attractions. If we don’t take the initiative to remove litter, we are slowly destroying one of our most precious tourism assets.
On Saturday, September 17th, 2016, New Providence had its International Coastal Clean-up where roughly 20 CHTM students participated in the effort to clean our shores along with over 20 other groups from different schools and other institutions.
It was a day full of fun yet hard work. Not only was it a great bonding experience and a chance to build team work but it was an amazing experience for our students to have a chance to be a part of something bigger that will benefit the overall sustainability of tourism in the Bahamas.
During observation at the clean-up, it was noticed that because of the annual efforts to clean South Beach there was markedly less trash this year. This proves that the cumulative effort, over time, does make a significant difference.
by Erin Burrows and Kammara Jacob (both BSc. Hotel Management, 3rd year)
Jenielle Rhone, our very own third year tourism management student, has successfully submitted an entry in the 2016 global video competition #film4climate.
Jenielle wrote, narrated and assembled a short film on climate change and climate action in the Caribbean. She focuses on the implications of climate change in the Bahamas and wider Caribbean with specific reference to the tourism industry. Climate action is the 13th sustainable development goal set by the United Nations. In her video, Rhone highlights the connection between goal 13 and other sustainable development goals.
This international competition has attracted hundreds of entries from across every continent. Participants vie for a chance to win prizes ranging from US$8,000 to video equipment. There is also a People’s Choice Award based on votes.
Here is where you come in. Let’s all support a member of the CHTM family by voting (by September 15, 2016) for her video HERE.
As a participant Jenielle will receive special recognition at a Connect4Climate Film Festival. She will also be celebrated at the awards ceremony of COP22, 2016 – the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco.
We wish Jenielle all the best in this meaningful and timely effort.
On Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 CHTM had the honour of hosting UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor, Sir Hilary Beckles. Students, faculty and staff all turned out to welcome the VC along with Mrs. Shakira Maxwell (Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor) and Dr. Mortimer Moxey (UWI Alumni Association representative).
Faculty and staff members spent a few moments with the guests who were then welcomed by the Student Executive Committee. Dr. Andrew Spencer, Director of CHTM welcomed everyone and made the official introductions.
Dr. Moxey spoke for a few minutes on the work of the UWI Alumni Association. He encouraged the students to become active member of the association upon graduation.
Professor Beckles addressed the gathering, bringing words of support to existing students. He reminisced on his son’s (Beko Beckles) time here at the Centre and discussed the role of higher education and training in the advancement of tourism in the region.
The representation was followed by a tour of the facilities.
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