| 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
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.