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Monroe College Hospitality Management Students Named CTO Champions for the Fifth Time in Seven Years

July 11, 2018

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that its student team won the annual Students Colloquium competition recently hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in New York.

This is the second consecutive year – and the fifth time in seven years – that students in the College’s hospitality management program earned top honors at this prestigious event. CTO’s Students Colloquium is held every year in conjunction with Caribbean Week festivities across New York City.

“We are honored to once again earn top recognition from the CTO for our team’s wonderful creativity, strategic thinking, and demonstrated hospitality management knowledge,” said Professor St. Clair Thompson, a member of the School of Hospitality Management’s faculty since 2002 and coach of the hospitality management competition team. “We competed against several highly talented teams from colleges in the Caribbean, and congratulate their students on their strong presentations and impressive work.”

The Caribbean Students Colloquium was created in 2010 to give aspiring hospitality management professionals a forum to demonstrate their talent and professional training. In the first round of the competition, teams must submit a business plan on a practical, sustainable tourism project to address a specific need or theme selected by the CTO. The qualifying teams then present their business plans to a panel of judges in the second round.

Monroe’s team researched, developed, and presented a business plan to revive the cotton industry on the island of Nevis through the creation of a park entitled Cotton Oualie (“Oualie” was an early name given to the island of Nevis by the indigenous people of the region). The students’ concept showcased the versatility of the cotton plant, highlighting its uses for clothing, arts and crafts, cooking, natural cures, and body rejuvenation. Several economic benefits created by the attraction for Nevis and the neighboring island of St. Kitts were cited.

Members of Monroe’s winning team all hail from Caribbean islands and are studying at Monroe in New York. They are:  Alphonso Henry (St. Kitts and Nevis), Rico Neely (Bahamas), Tahlia Tanner (Antigua and Barbuda), Ajayi Oliver (Bahamas), and Kaicee King (Bahamas).

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