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UTech School of Hospitality Wins 2016 CTO Competition

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Members of the UTech team (from left): Nichell Morgan, Tamika Beckford and Brianna Johnson with their lecturer, Beienetch ‘Bennie’ Watson. Missing is team member Wayneish Brown.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) was awarded first place at this year's Caribbean Tourism Organisation's (CTO's) Student Colloquium, held in New York City recently.

The annual competition is a significant component of the CTO's Caribbean Tourism Annual Week, held this year from June 1 to 4. The University of Technology's SHTM was represented by Tamika Beckford, Nichell Morgan, Wayneish Brown and Brianna Johnson. They were coached by lecturer Beienetch Bennie' Watson. The Student Colloquium is among the region's top competitions for showcasing scholarship and innovativeness of the best hospitality and tourism undergraduates from select universities in North America and the Caribbean.

UTech Jamaica's SHTM was among the top six universities shortlisted for this year's final, following the submission of their business plan titled: 'Transforming Rural St Andrew through the Development of Agrotourism: The case of the Clydesdale Community'.

MOST CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE

Last year, the team was judged to have submitted the best written, most creative and most innovative business plan. This year, they brought home the trophy by making the most dynamic presentation, as well as having the most feasible business idea. This highly competitive event offers UTech's SHTM the opportunity to reinforce the quality of its programmes and status as the Caribbean's top hospitality and tourism institution. In the display of excellence in scholarship and presentation skills, the UTech students benefited from maximum exposure to every leading personnel and organisations within Caribbean tourism in attendance at Caribbean Tourism Week.

Past SHTM ambassadors also gained tremendously from the experience via opportunities to network with some of the industry's leading personalities and innovators, as well as immediate acceptance for top management trainee programmes based on their performance. This year's prize award includes a fully expense paid trip to any Caribbean destination of choice for all awardees, as well as a return trip to any JetBlue destination across the globe.