Unlike every Tuesday, the International Travel and Tourism, and Sustainable Tourism lecture taught by Ms. Elizabeth Mackay merged to facilitate a guest lecturer, Shaun Ingraham, the CEO of One Eleuthera Foundation on November 14, 2017. Mr Ingraham presented on One Eleuthera Foundation: Building Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism.
International Travel and Tourism student, Julio Salmon, introduced Mr. Ingraham by providing his background information where he also highlighted his past success.
Mr Ingraham notified students about the One Eleuthera’s Mission, the foundation’s key areas of focus and their alignment with Sustainable Development goals.
Students were very engaged and as such the presentation ended with an interactive segment of questions and answers in regards to tourism in Bahamas and specifically in Eleuthera.
To conclude the guest lecture segment, Sustainable Tourism student, Youksha Brown, gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the entire student body.
After two long years of lectures, exams, and projects, eight final year students packed and journeyed to South Eleuthera for an exciting ‘expedition’. While it’s not a holiday, working in the picturesque, serene South Eleuthera area is ideal. The interns have begun a twelve-week summer internship with various partners in the communities of Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay, and other settlements in South Eleuthera. The first of it’s kind for UWI in the Bahamas Family Islands, the programme was named ‘Expedition’ by the Shaun Ingraham, CEO of the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF).
The OEF and Center for Training and Innovation (CTI) are instrumental in coordinating and hosting the students for the duration of the programme as well as coordinating with local partners and businesses to place students in participating businesses and organizations. Four CTI students have also been selected to work along with the UWI interns with the objective of transferring knowledge.
Key features of the internship programme are capacity building, innovation and training. The students bring a wealth of knowledge, new ideas and enthusiasm. This is beautifully meshed with the grit, innovation and commitment of local business owners who have committed themselves to succeeding in the hospitality industry.
‘Expeditions’ is a truly Caribbean affair. The eight interns represent five Caribbean countries – Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia.
The partnership and synergy between the various organizations, businesses and students is an uplifting example of what can be seamlessly accomplished when Caribbean people work together. The welcome reception hosted by CTI during the two day orientation was a welcoming event where we shared stories, backgrounds and even photos.
The first two days of orientation were filled with courtesy calls, brainstorming and logistics sessions, and strategic planning sessions. There was of course some fun with a visit to the CTI farm where we had a ball exploring and learning about the crops with CTI staff who were truly accommodating.
The Bahamian family island experience unfolds as the interns settle into picturesque Tarpum Bay, in enviably proximity to a beautiful white sandy beach. Days of hard work are bracketed by breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and post-work trips (across the street) to the beach have already become the norm. What better way to shake the stress and awaken creativity!
We are deeply grateful to the people of South Eleuthera for extending a warm welcome. We thank Mrs. Valderine Major, UWI-CHTM Student Services Manager with responsibility for internship for her support of the project. The One Eleuthera Foundation and the Centre for Training and Innovation have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Mrs. Audrey Carey, Programme Director, OEF has been an invaluable facilitator and Ms. Everne Anderson, Administrative Assistant, CTI – we appreciate the ongoing logistical support and attentive care. We also thank the staff and students of OEF and CTI for the support, attention and care extended to the team and we look forward to working together throughout the 12-week programme.
Every CHTM student was excited for this event as it was the first official social for the semester. The carnival launch party was hosted by the student’s executive body and brought us all together in a rand showcase of CHTM talent. The designer of the costumes, Denroy Wilson, added the finishing touches to all the costumes, the models did their final try-ons, our resident makeup artist slayed all faces and then they were ready to hit the stage at Hard Rock Cafe.
The UWI Island Mas band was ready to launch. The show was scheduled to start at 11 PM but got off to a very very late start, which did not stop the few persons in the venue from enjoying the music being played by the DJ. By midnight the venue was jam packed with little walking space from the stage at one end of the room to the exit. With the huge crowd gathered, it was now time to showcase the costumes.
The two hosts, Jasonta and Ayisha, got on stage to introduce the segment. We weren’t initially accepted by the crowd as they wanted to hear more music and was not too interested in the showcase, however the security got it under control after a short while and our amazing models began the showcase.
The first segment was the men’s t-shirt with the winning design from the T-shirt Design Competition held by the student executive last semester. Next came the most anticipated part of the showcase- the females dressed in their brightly coloured costumes with a whole lot of feathers and rhinestones. First, it was the Bajan inspired costumes dubbed Trident Pride, followed by the Jamaican inspired costume called Tallawah and then the St. Lucian, Versicolor and finally the costume inspired by Trinidad and Tobago – Queen of Bacchanal.
The showcase was a great success, the designer and the student executive were extremely proud and the students had loads of fun.
November 10, 2016 marks a historic day for the Bahamas and the former College of the Bahamas. The University of the Bahamas Charter Day activities began at 9am with the unveiling and blessing of the University’s plaque.
This was followed by a march to the nearby Thomas A. Robinson Stadium where the official speeches were held. Government officials, University officials, faculty, staff, students and invited guests and the wider community participated in the activities in a spirit of joyous achievement.
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.
The semester is off to an enthusiastic start. Orientation for new students has ended. Understandably there was lots to cover. Administration, faculty and members of the student executive committee were all on hand to support the new students as they settle in to a new environment.
Mrs. Valderine Major, Student Services Manager coordinated an extensive orientation programme over several days. New students are engaged in a multitude of presentations covering:
Adjusting to a new culture
Budgeting and life away from home
Immigration and trailing courses
Balancing time and studies
Housing and residence life
Safeguarding you and your environment
Circle of friends
Mrs. Rollins, in Accounts, reviewed the procedures for payment of fees, collection of tickets and school supplies and other important information related to the services provided by the accounting office. Mrs. Carey, Ms. Glinton and Ms. Mackay also welcomed students and introduced their respective roles.
Practical matters are also being attended to as students registered for classes, got settled in to their apartments, completed banking, took ID photos, and met the faculty and staff. And of course, no orientation would be complete without social events to the mall, beach and that first (shocking) visit to the supermarket.
Ofcourse, the much anticipated Director’s Cocktail event was a smashing success. New students received their assigned ‘nickname’s’ and had the opportunity to relax and get to know each other as well as faculty and staff.
The CHTM extends a warm welcome to our new students who will call this home for the next two years. It is our hope that it will be a personal and academically rewarding experience for all.
To our returning students, may your final year here be a source of joy and pride as you solidify friendships and prepare for life beyond CHTM.
You are now beginning the most amazing journey of your life. One that may be a little daunting, but in the end it will be positively indelible. The CHTM has been a beacon in Caribbean tourism and hospitality education for 40 years and you will benefit from your association with us as a student and later as an alumnus.
We are committed to providing a most rounded experience that will help you to be the best you. 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
Caribbean fusion – loving life, learning and living hotel and tourism management.