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UTech hosts educational tour programme

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Students from the University of Kentucky hang out outside the UTech Ja campus in Papine.

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) partnered with the University of Kentucky to create an educational tour package from May 13 to 22.

The tour showcased not only Jamaica's history and unique culture, but also highlighted Jamaica's innovativeness in the area of hospitality and tourism management. This was the UTech, Ja/School of Hospitality and Tourism Management's (SHTM) first Education Abroad - Jamaica Study Tour Programme, ably coordinated by lecturer Nicole Hay-Walters, and assisted by tourism specialist in the SHTM, Beienetch Watson.

The tour provided an exclusive opportunity for students to discover how their subject areas are put into practice at one of the Caribbean's leading leisure destinations. During their time in Jamaica, students visited Montego Bay, Kingston and Negril. Among the major attractions visited were the Rastafari Indigenous Village, Bob Marley Museum, Montego Bay Marine Park, Rose Hall Great House (night tour), Ricks Cafe and Hollywell National Park.

The group also benefited from educational seminars and interactive workshops conducted by Watson; Marjorie Cunningham, district sales manager, Jamaica Tourism Board; and Allasandra Chung, director of the Attractions Development Department of the Tourism Product Development Company.

 

A BIG SUCCESS

 

While at the UTech campus, the students participated in a culinary class instructed by chef Simone Walker-Barrett, who was assisted by lab assistants Tamara Henry and Genese Williams. Althea Denise Gooden also delivered an engaging session on sustainable tourism development in Jamaica. The group also enjoyed lunch at the Lillian's Restaurant under the supervision of the manager, Cheryl Smikle, and chef Karl Thomas. Dr Desmond Brown from the University of Kentucky expressed heartfelt gratitude for the study tour programme.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for making my Education Abroad class field trip to Jamaica a big success" he said. University of Kentucky third-year student Cecelia Obogbu concluded that "the trip to Jamaica was amazing. Getting the opportunity to experience three different cities all in one trip was phenomenal. I will forever be exploring opportunities to return for a vacation".

Dr Sinclair-Maragh, head of SHTM, was very proud of this achievement and expressed gratitude to the many industry partners and staff who made it possible. She pointed to the importance of education tourism to the growth of the tourism industry through repeat visits.