Ms Beckles joins USP's STHM as a Fellow.
International tourism and hospitality professional, Lynn Beckles, has recently joined The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) as a Fellow.
Ms Beckles, who is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, undertook her dissertation research in Fiji. Her research focused on understanding the cultural nuances within the service delivery experience in the hospitality industry.
Holding a Master of Science in International Trade Policy, Ms Beckles comes to the School with extensive global experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, specialising in policy, and strategic and operational areas. This is complemented by her qualifications and training which focused on human resource development, the trade and development priorities for Small Island Developing States, and international management and marketing in service enterprises.
Ms Beckles research and scholarly interests include: sociology and qualitative methodologies in tourism studies, culture and the service encounter in tourism host destinations, the internationalisation of services management and marketing relative to island spaces, human resource development practices and strategies in multicultural spaces, and strategic and operational challenges for successful micro, small and medium enterprises.
In welcoming Ms Beckles to the STHM, Professor Marcus Stephenson, Head of School said that “Lynn brings much-needed international expertise and corporate skills to the team, and her presence will greatly benefit the school’s teaching, learning and research platforms”.
“As a School we are looking to strengthen our team in specific areas and her experience and industriousness will certainly help in this process,” he noted.
“I am very excited and honoured to have this opportunity to work with USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management team. The school works closely with the industry, creating a rich environment for the practical application of learning and research in tourism and hospitality,” Ms Beckles stated.
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