Pictured: Special issue editors Professors Fritz and Pinnock, President, CMU (far left) and Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna, Deputy President, CMU (far right) present the special issue to the Prime Minister of Jamaica (holding the issue) and His Royal Majesty Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, Chancellor, CMU. WHATT Managing Editor Dr Richard Teare pictured middle
An audience of more than 5,000 guests, faculty and students of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) gathered at the National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica recently for the Charter Ceremony – the occasion on which CMU became Jamaica’s second national university and the Caribbean’s first specialized public university.
Principal guests included:
- His Excellency The Most Hon. Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica
- The Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
- The Right Non. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados
- Jamaican Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Heads of Public Services
The occasion also marked the launch of Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT) special issue ‘Tourism and global logistics hub development in the Caribbean: will there be a symbiotic relationship?’ edited by CMU faculty.
As the theme issue launch was included in the Charter Day ceremony, WHATT Managing Editor Dr Richard Teare was invited to speak about the issue’s strategic contribution to applied research and development in the region - reinforcing remarks made earlier in the proceedings about Jamaica’s role in logistics and supply chain development by the Jamaican Prime Minister.
The special issue features:
- 14 contributors from academia, associations, consultancy, industry, trends analysis)
- 11 articles (including the conclusion)
- Recommendations (among others) include: more flexible regulations and incentives to support inward investment; better linkages between tourism and other sectors.
Thoughts from the editors
The special issue editors - Profs Ibrahim Ajagunna, Fritz Pinnock and Tom M. Amonde - concluded that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between logistics and tourism business development. Commenting on their special issue editing experience, they said:
“We greatly appreciated the opportunity for learning and personal development arising from this theme issue. It also enabled us to work with a team with varying academic backgrounds and specialisms and to share in their professional experience.
“It’s not often that a writing project can facilitate these things and we know that new learning emerges from WHATT’s approach to asking questions that are important to practitioners.”
Managing Editor Dr Richard Teare said: “Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT) aims to make a practical and theoretical contribution to hospitality and tourism development and we seek to do this by using a key question to focus attention on an industry issue.
“It is encouraging that the leadership team of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) sought to address an economic development issue that is of national and regional significance. Tourism and logistics both involve the movement of people and the delivery of goods and services and given the importance of tourism to the Caribbean region, this issue explores their interrelatedness.
WHATT Managing Editor Dr Richard Teare delivers his speech to CMU
“The theme issue explores how Caribbean governments might develop their logistics infrastructure and make full use of maritime and aviation training provided in the region.
“The outcomes of this analysis are now being considered at Ministerial level in Jamaica and elsewhere, and I should like to thank CMU for including the theme issue launch in their Charter Day event and for using this theme issue to stimulate dialogue with senior decision-makers throughout the region.”