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Belgium kick starts International Cuisine at CHTM

Kick starting this semester is the international themed cuisine at UWI, Center for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM). This is a four month long dining experience where different exotic cuisines are offered. This production is put together by the students pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management. As part of their practical sessions, they host dinners or lunches every Friday starting in February. Leading the season of international cuisine is Belgium.

Restaurant staff posing for a quick picture

On Friday, February 9, 2017 at 7 pm sharp, the Belgium themed restaurant was on full display. Upon entering the dining room, you could smell the sweet aroma emanating  from the kitchen.

The senior managers of the restaurant were Adriana Jarrett and Natoya Thomas, who were accompanied by junior managers Shaquille Pile and Shawnia Scantle-bury Francis.

The senior and junior managers

In attendance were students, faculty members and repeated guests, who enjoyed the splendid food and services from the UWI house restaurant. New guests expressed how satisfied they were with the well-seasoned pan-seared salmon infused with herbs served with a creamy lemon butter sauce with a choice of white rice or potato gratin with vegetables. The dish was indeed satisfying and I was well pleased with the service.

The managers provided great insight on their experiences and offered advice to future managers after the curtains came down.

Adriana’s experience and advice for future managers:

“Being a restaurant manager is quite a humbling experience; it covers all the areas that one will undertake in the field of work. I planned every detail and therefore was able to avoid stress and frustration. My advice to future managers is to simply do a detailed plan and be organized as much as possible.”

Natoya’s experience and advice for future managers:

“As long as you have a staff that is willing to work, everything will be great. Future managers, remember it is all about teamwork and it is not a ‘one-man’s show.’ Synergy with one another  is important.”

Photos by Shantar Bruce and Adriana Jarrett

Written by Shantar Bruce, BSc Tourism Management, 2018





Caribbean Travel and Tourism: Movie Day

The Caribbean Travel and Tourism lecture scheduled for Thursday mornings at 10:15 am every week in the Lecture Theatre, transformed into a movie day on February 8, 2018. Students started filing into the room at around 10:10 am where they signed the attendance sheet and received a worksheet and snacks.

Students focused on the movie

The movie shown was Life and Debt; a movie that examines the economic and social situation in Jamaica, and specifically the impact thereon of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s structural adjustment policies. The movie started at 10:15 am as scheduled. The students sat in silence as they enjoyed the movie while enjoying their snacks and popcorn which was provided by the course lecturer Ms. Elizabeth Mackay. During different intervals, you could hear laughter erupting from the audience.

Students enjoying the movie and eating snacks

The movie ended at 11:39 am, however students took this time to complete their worksheets while still enjoying their frozen Caprisun.

Come Out and Be Blessed

It was time for Soldiers Armed with Truth and Love (S.A.L.T.) to be revitalized. On Friday, February 2, 2018, the S.A.L.T. group hosted a Praise Explosion to ring in the new semester. The event took place in the school’s dining room from 5pm that evening. The event was led by the president of the group; Tonya Tobierre.

Welcome Remarks by the President of S.A.L.T.

The evening commenced with prayers and welcoming remarks by the president and was then followed by scripture sermons from Tracy Cyril and Jovia O’Connor who are both members of the group. Both speakers were short and sweet in their presentations.

Each presentation encouraged students to keep on pushing during the difficulties of the school semester and to never forget that the Lord is always there to see them through. These encouraging words were followed by the talented choir members who had the audience on their feet giving praises to the Lord. After a few songs of praises we had three powerful testimonies given by members of the audience, specifically from Stevvalyn Jack, Samantha Bennett and Jameelia Stephens. Each testimony spoke of different circumstances touching the hearts of all who were present.

Testimony by a member of the audience

The choir once again graced us with their presence by filling the atmosphere with upbeat praise songs. The audience joined in clapping and singing. These joyful noises unto the Lord were put on pause as the president thanked all persons who attended one of the first events put on by the group. Thanks was given especially to the director, Dr. McLeod and Administrative Assistant, Ms. Glinton for taking the time out to attend the event. The closing prayer was done and the event ended with a well-known praise song, “One Generation” which had everyone “feeling the spirit” in the atmosphere.

S.A.L.T choir in action

By Tonya Tobierre, BSc. Tourism Management, 2018

UWI CHTM Lecturer Gains Hospitality Education Certification

Dr. Michelle Black attended the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) programme hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) from December 19-21, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Seventeen educators from across the United States and the Bahamas completed the development programme. Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the CHE programme is the only professional development opportunity that is designed for post-secondary hospitality educators around the world.

Group Picture

The four-day workshop offered intensive, interactive learning experiences and the latest global principles and skills to provide the best educational experience for hospitality students. The programme was facilitated by Dr. Michael Terry, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management and a frequent speaker at hospitality management conferences throughout North America, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean, Asia, Central and South America. To become certified by AHLEI, one must meet the knowledge and experience requirements and successfully complete a certification examination. Dr. Black now carries with her name the CHE designation. Dr. Black was awarded the CHE lapel pin and certificate plaque by AHLEI.

Workshop 2017

For AHLEI-approved certified hospitality educators to retain their designation, after every 5 years, they will be undergoing a re-certification process, including garnering points taken from their combined teaching experience, continuing education, professional affiliations, and other educational services such as conducting hospitality training’s and related workshops.

Written by Dr. Michelle Black

UWI CHTM Calendar of Events 2018

To my fellow students: Welcome back! I hope you had a restful vacation and you are rejuvenated to continue the journey ahead. I want to encourage you to stay focused, resilient, positive, motivated and steadfast in spite of the many pot holes you have faced so far and will continue to face this academic year. Rest assured that victory is within your reach!

As a third year student of The Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM), I have experienced and enjoyed quite a bit of school events during my time here. With an institution of only 69 students, there is no high expectation concerning events when compared to campuses like Mona and Cave Hill. CHTM, however has excelled at affording students quality education along with interactive social events.

The Student Executive ensures that a calendar of events is thoroughly organized to entice our students and maintain balance between relaxation and school work. During the first semester, we have had memorable experiences such as Jerk Fest, Potluck, Siblings Week, Wacky Day and Praise Explosion. A number of events have been scheduled for this semester; Cupid’s Arrow All White Party, Jerk Fest, Culturama, Sports Day, Miss UWI CHTM Pageant, J’Ouvert, Nominations Day, Elections Day and Carnival.

The first events scheduled for this academic year are the Cupid’s Arrow All White Party and Jerk Fest which is penciled in for February.  The previous Jerk Fest raked in huge profits and as such the events team agreed to host a second one.

Scheduled for March is our annual Sports Day and Culturama. Sports Day is the day used by students to showcase their rivalry, competitiveness, endurance, team spirit and sportsmanship. The Houses are Magic (yellow), Ivy League (white), Phoenix (red) and Supreme (blue). Culturama is an event which allows students to showcase native dishes authentic to their respective countries.

Sports Day 2017

The Miss UWI CHTM Pageant, J’Ouvert, Nominations and Election Day are all arranged to take place in the month of April.  The Miss UWI CHTM is a platform for young ladies to express themselves by fusing fashion, creativity, music, art and talent. This year there are seven young ladies participating in the competition. We are looking forward to a night of elegance, talent and skills. J’Ouvert involves  a group of students dancing to the sounds of live music travelling a specific route over a period of two to three hours.

Election day involves the nomination of candidates who portray strong leadership and sound decision making skills to form the UWI CHTM Executive team. The Executive team  consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer/Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Events Coordinator and Assistant Events Coordinator.

To my fellow second years, come out and support the upcoming events and to the third years students, make your last semester count and go out with a bang!

The following below is the CHTM Calendar of Events 2018

(Events and dates to be confirmed)

Month Event
February Praise Explosion, Cupid’s Arrow All White Party, Jerk Fest
March Culturama, Sports Day
April Miss UWI CHTM Pageant, J’Ouvert, Election Nominations, Elections Day
May UWI CHTM Carnival


Photo credits by Tracy Cyril (BSc. Tourism Management, 2018)

Written by Tracy Cyril

Dr. Mark Lewis presents two research papers at MSBM Conference

Mona School of Business and Management staged its Conference on Business and Management themed “Driving Transformation: Finance, Enterprise Development & Wealth Creation” on November 8 – 10, 2017 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica. The tagline “Learning, Knowing, Doing”, signals the role of Mona School of Business and Management in knowledge creation and the application of the resulting scholarship to the everyday challenges of business.

The keynote speaker was David Storey, OBE, is Professor at the Department of Business Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, UK. He has a First Class Degree in Economics, a Diploma in Applied Statistics and a PhD in Economics. He has two honorary Doctorates and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Manchester, Reading and Durham, and was an International Fellow at Sydney University in 2009. He is an EIM Fellow.

CHTM’s Dr. Mark Lewis, presented two papers that complemented each other. Recognising that Caribbean governments are struggling with enormous budget deficits and substantial public borrowings, the first article sought to provide a guide as to how governments may advance its collaborative development strategy and secondly, how governments may improve its revenue yield through building a tax culture.

Financing Developments through Collaboration in the Caribbean – Arguments for Improved Vigilance, Governance and Policy Regulation Framework: The Case of Guyana, recognises the importance of governments and the private sector collaborating to financing economic developments in the Caribbean. However, too often, the inter-organisation relationships, especially in the form of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are ad hoc, and the desired outcomes are far from realised. The main argument and conclusion of the paper were that Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean could meet its increasing demand for infrastructure through private-public partnerships. This article recommends improved governance, vigilance of the “public” through rigorous regulatory and policy frameworks, thus preventing predatory behaviours from the “private” in the partnership. It also recommends sharing of information, experiences and knowledge between Caribbean countries which is crucial for the acceptance and success of PPP model of financing.

Building a tax culture: A case of taxpayer education argued for improved taxpayer education as a part of governments’ tax reform agenda. This study examined the effects of taxpayer education and publicity programmes on tax compliance behaviour and other factors necessary for the development of a tax culture in The Bahamas. The study concluded that taxpayer education and publicity programmes are decisive factors in the building of a tax culture.  The results of this study strengthened the arguments for the provision of taxpayer education and publicity programmes using both traditional and non-traditional medium. It advances the case for introducing taxpayer education programmes into the formal education system similar to Jamaica, Mexico and Morocco among others.

The conference closed on a high note with, with the greeting of old friends and forging new friendships. The extent to which scholars work was critiqued and the feedback provided by experts practitioners and academic were priceless. Papers were peer-reviewed publicly, and presenters were reminded that the process was not personal.

Apart from the conference, the immersion in  Jamaican culture was breathtaking. Waking every morning in Ocho Rios overlooking the ocean, having breakfast and dinner at local restaurants was a priceless experience.


Written by Dr. Mark Lewis

Message from Acting Programme Director

A warm welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM) in Nassau, The Bahamas! CHTM has been in existence since 1978 and currently provides two undergraduate degree programmes: BSC. Hotel Management (Special) and BSc. Tourism Management (Special). The present location of the Centre, within one the World’s prominent tourism destinations, provides students with an opportunity to obtain wide ranging exposure to industry practices and learning experiences. In addition, a gathering of students at CHTM from across the region, who select to pursue studies in hotel and tourism management, gives this learning environment a real Caribbean focus.

As a student of The University of the West Indies (UWI) based in Nassau, you are supported by the wider UWI community. The management and staff at the Centre are engaging and fully support students to achieve their optimal potential so that they can take tourism and hospitality knowledge and practices to a higher level. Students are encouraged to stay focused on the goals they set themselves to achieve, and to participate in improving the University community here at CHTM.

The Bahamian environment is ideal to harness knowledge about tourism and as a result our students continue to excel as a CHTM teaching and learning environment fully prepares you for the tourism and hospitality industries. Practical knowledge is a very important component of teaching and learning activities at CHTM and therefore students are encouraged to obtain internship opportunities here in The Bahamas, across the wider Caribbean region and abroad. During your internship, students should make every effort to build good working relationships with prospective employers and develop their knowledge and skills.

The UWI CHTM wishes you all success with your studies.

‘Expedition’ is on the way!

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).

Orientation at the One Eleuthera Foundation

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.

Courtesy call at The South Eleuthera Mission

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.

Project review at OEF

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.

The OEF/CTI press release on ‘Expeditions’ can be viewed on the Eleuthera News website.

Election Fever – Nominations to Results

Election fever is in full swing in the Bahamas and the UWI CHTM Campus is no exception. Having been on the campaign trail from nomination night (April 10th, 2017) until the release of results (April 21st, 2017); the competition was flaming hot, with campaigning starting as early as midnight on the April 12th.

Click this link to see the candidates.

Campaigns went digital as this year the nominees were not allowed to put up posters on campus. From online posters to music videos, we saw it all. In the words of our current Vice President, Keron Best; “Omg these people going all out. I love it, trust me!!!” We certainly saw the 2nd years expressing their desire to win both aggressively and intelligently through their media posts.

Intently listening to debate

This has been my third opportunity to witness elections at UWI CHTM and in all my experience this particular election was the most exciting yet. Nominees were unabashedly and boldly declaring their intentions to revamp the current system by bringing back proven established methods of getting things done by following the Mona Campus blueprint or creating new ways of reaching the student body and the public at large.

The speeches

Some of platform promises included:

  • Setting up sub-committees to assist the executive team
  • Improving health, safety and living conditions
  • Networking with the UB and the general public in marketing events
  • Attracting more Bahamian students to the CHTM family
  • Putting contingency plans in place to deal with crisis or other urgent student concerns
  • Creating a forum whereby students can voice their concerns to the Executive Team
  • Handling non-productive or rude Executive Team Members
  • Implementing strategies to foster the smooth transition of leadership after elections
  • Arming incoming students with the information they need to prepare and plan to participate in various activities/events
  • Bringing back the Big Brother & Sister Program

Reality Check

The Executive Team and Dr. Spencer, along with the student body were on hand to ask questions and force the candidates to consider some of the challenges they may face in producing some of their manifestos. Many were able to respond successfully under pressure.  The reality check they were given highlighted to them how very serious the business of leading the student body is.

Dr. Spencer in the audience

After ten days of campaigning it was time to for the students to choose the candidates who they believe would represent them best. On Friday, April 21st approximately 81% of the student body voted. However, when I went to vote, the computer room was  like a ghost town. The Executive Team were on hand to instruct us about the voting process. Many of us were torn between the presidential candidates and personally I believed that they should have been on the same team and not in opposition.

And the winner is…..

All of the candidates were gathered in the dining with the exception of Mariah Simmons who was not feeling well. The candidates were thanked for running a good campaign and then the  results were announced. My heart out went to each and everyone because there could only be one winner even though in my opinion they all did an outstanding job.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 CHTM Executive Team:

2017 Executive Team
Official results

Official result compliments of Neil McIntyre.

by Edith Ferguson, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017