Director’s Message

Message from the Director

It gives me great pleasure to welcome new and returning students to CHTM. I am sure you will have an exciting sojourn, filled with hard work and fun moments that will live in your memories for years to come. We are committed to ensuring that you receive all the tools and support to mold you as the next generation of talented practitioners in Hospitality and Tourism Management. As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI Mona, you are part of a wider community that is building capacity in key areas that will impact the growth and development of the Caribbean and indeed the world at large. The Centre has produced movers and shakers who have gone on to do great things for the industry worldwide, and we hope that you will capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to be a part of brand CHTM. Together, we must continue to build on the legacy of those before us, and I challenge you to be worthy ambassadors of the Centre as we strive be the leading institution for teaching and research in Hospitality and Tourism in the region.

I wish you a productive and successful academic year!

Andrew Spencer, PhD

 

About the Director 

Dr. Andrew Spencer has given a decade of service to the University of the West Indies. He was recently a lecturer in Tourism Management at the Mona School of Business and Management UWI Mona, and prior to this was the Programme Coordinator for the M.Sc. National Security & Strategic Studies. He has also chaired various departmental committees, has served as Second Year Academic Coordinator, and has taken an active interest in fostering the growth and development of his students, not only through teaching and supervision, but also through his role as advisor to the UWI Tourism Society and as coach to UWI Mona’s Team which placed third in the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Student Colloquium on Sustainable Tourism Competition in New York.

Dr. Spencer holds a PhD from the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom and was the first PhD graduate from the BU eTourism Lab. His research focused on the determinants of technology adoption for travel retailers with particular emphasis on the strategic management implications and leadership imperatives for owner-managers. This thesis was awarded the ITT PhD Student of the Year- 2011/2012, by the ITT Education and Training Committee, in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Spencer’s other educational achievements include an MSc. in Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2005 from UWI Mona and a BSc. (honours) in Tourism Management in 2003, pursued at UWI Mona and CHTM. Dr. Spencer is therefore, the first graduate of CHTM to return to the Centre as Head and Programme Director.

He has published in leading international journals and presented at conferences on the areas of the travel supply chain, tourism advertising effectiveness, small hotel competitiveness, and gender issues in the hospitality sector. His research interests also include: drivers of technology adoption in developing countries, Critical Theory in adoption research and leadership in the Caribbean tourism industries. Dr Spencer has published a book titled The Leadership Imperative: Technology Adoption and Strategic Management in Travel Firms in Jamaica and co-authored Between Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings: Female Employees in the Hotel Industry in Jamaica.

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