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April 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica

Miss UTech, Jamaica, Shauna-Gay Millwood Pays Courtesy Call on President Vasciannie

UTech, Jamaica Researchers Present Findings of Feasibility study on Pet Tourism

… Estimated Potential to Increase Tourist Arrivals by 2% with Earnings of Over US$ 17 Million


Tech, Jamaica researchers are estimating that if the applicable laws

in Jamaica were amended, the country could over a five-year period

realize a two per cent increase in the number of tourist arrivals from

the USA, resulting in earnings in excess of US$17 M. The market estimate

was determined against the background that over 2 million live animals are

transported by airlines every year in the United States.

These and other findings of a recently concluded feasibility study on

“Allowing Tourists to be accompanied by their Pet Dogs while Vacationing in

Jamaica” were presented by UTech, Jamaica researchers Mr Nigel Cooper

and Mrs. Deanna Marchalleck, Programme Directors, School of Hospitality

and Tourism Management (SHTM) at a special presentation held Friday,

April 7, 2017 at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay.

The study examined the market, operations and legal/technical feasibility

of the pet tourism industry in Jamaica and presented recommendations for

further discussions with stakeholders to determine how Jamaica can move

forward with a pet-friendly tourism niche industry based on the research


Research data for the study was gathered through discussions and surveys

conducted with hoteliers and other members of the hospitality and tourism

industry across Jamaica and the Jamaica Veterinary Association.


ewly crowned Miss UTech, Jamaica, Shauna-Gay Millwood on Friday,

March 31, 2017 paid a courtesy call on President, Professor Stephen

Vasciannie CD. The amiable third year Pharmacy student shared her

story of personal will power, perseverance and hard work on her continuing

journey to achieve her goals and aspirations.

UTech, Jamaica Experience – “A good journey so far”

Miss Millwood shared that she developed an interest in the pharmaceutical

industry while interning during the summer at Haughton’s Pharmacy in

Mandeville. She noted that the experience motivated her to apply to the

School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences at UTech, Jamaica.

Asserting that “UTech, Jamaica was the best choice” for her, she noted

with pride that “the School of Pharmacy is the first and only School in the

Caribbean to offer world-class training in Pharmacy, producing graduates

who have excelled in the profession.” Miss Millwood said that her experience

at UTech, Jamaica has been “a good journey so far” and applauded the

practical component of the course of study which equips students for the

work environment.

The high achiever attended Manchester High School in Mandeville from

2007-2014, where she copped 2nd place in the Caribbean for the Caribbean

Examination Council’s, Theatre Arts Examination. While at Manchester High

School, Shauna-Gay was also involved in the school community as Vice

President of the school’s dance club, a member of the school’s choir and

the Interschool Christian Fellowship Club. In 2013, she was crowned Miss

Manchester High and later in 2014 elected as Deputy Head Girl.

At UTech, Jamaica Miss Millwood has immersed herself into campus life

where she is currently a member of the UTech, Jamaica Dance Ensemble,

and the UTech, Jamaica Pharmacy Students Association (UTAPS). Upon

completion of her studies she says she hopes to pursue the Doctor of

Pharmacy and to develop her own line of pharmaceutical products.

The Miss UTech, Jamaica pageant is one of the annual major activities

coordinated by the UTech, Jamaica Marketing Seminar group. The pageant

is now in its 10th year and it seeks to identify a female student who embodies

“elegance, intelligence and sophistication, and the values of the University.”

The annual Miss UTech, Jamaica competition was held on March 3, 2017

at the Papine campus.

From left, Dr. Carey Wallace, Executive Director, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF),

Nigel Cooper and Mrs. Deanna Marchalleck, Programme Directors, School of

Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), UTech, Jamaica and Dr. Gaunette

Sinclair-Maragh, Head of School, SHTM exchange ideas following the presentation

of research findings of a feasibility study on “Allowing Tourists to be accompanied by

their Pet Dogs while Vacationing in Jamaica” presented by researchers Cooper and

Marchalleck held Friday, April 7, 2017 at Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay.

Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech,

Ja.) presents Miss UTech, Jamaica 2017, Shauna-Gay Millwood with a bursary of

$50, 000 towards her tuition fees for the 2017/2018 Academic Year. Miss Millwood

paid a courtesy call on President Vasciannie on Friday, March 31, 2017. The bursary

is sponsored by the Advancement Division, University of Technology, Jamaica.