Hotel & Tourism Management

Department of Hotel & Tourism Management

Programs in the Department

  1. B. Sc. Hotel & Tourism Management

Department of Hotel & Tourism Management

Tourism is an emerging sector in the Nigerian economy and the Bayelsa State Government is combining efforts with tourism stakeholders to fulfill the national vision of promoting the state as an attractive tourist destination. In line with this vision, the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management (DHTM) is contributing to the achievement of this vision by offering the BSc (Hons) Hotel Management and Tourism programme, in order to produce graduates of outstanding quality who can assume responsibilities to develop the Nigerian tourism industry and attract international investment and partnerships. The programme is designed in accordance with the requirements of the National University Commission (NUC). The department’s uniqueness derives from the university’s own distinguishing factor, namely a mission which has a strong focus on “internationalisation”. The programme offered therefore meets this objective and seeks to engage with international institutions and universities in order to strengthen the programme’s teaching and research capacity and to maximize work placement opportunities for its students. The programme has a very practical orientation and therefore has strong industry ties and works on linkages with local and international tourism stakeholders in order to foster career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, airline companies, the travel trade, tourism entrepreneurship, government organizations and in tourism education. Ultimately, the DHTM envisages producing graduates with a high level of professionalism and employability skills.

The department is open to international collaborations for consultancy and research projects and invites interested tourism institutions and businesses to partner with us for the mutual benefit of all parties concerned.

The Head of Department can be reached using the following details:

Dr Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar
Mobile: +234 19081 7444


Programme UTME Direct Entry Remarks
Hotel Management and Tourism (B. Sc.) Five Credits at SSCE (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, Biology/Agric. Science and one of Physics, Geography and Economics. Two A’ level passes in Chemistry and one of Biology, Botany, Physics, Agric. Science, Geography, Economics, Mathematics and Accounting UTME subjects are: Chemistry, Biology/Agriculture and Mathematics/Physics or one social science subject

Head of Department:
Dr. Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar

Dr.Vanessa Gaitree Gowreesunkar joined UAT in 2017 as Head of Department for Hotel and Tourism Management. She brings 15 years of teaching and research experience from a multi-cultural international context.

Vanessa holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM). Her doctoral work cuts across three disciplines, namely, Tourism Management, Communication and Marketing jointly supervised by Prof. Chris Cooper (Oxford Brookes, UK) and Prof Durbarry (Bedford University, UK). With full funding from the University Grants Commission (India) she conducted some of her doctoral research at the University of Delhi in India.

With over a decade of teaching/research experience in a number of international institutions across the globe, she is frequently invited to participate in various global conferences, webinars and international for a, as panellist, chairperson, keynote speaker and moderator. Vanessa is an editorial board member of several scientific journals and has a number of publications in international peer refereed journals. She serves as Liaison Officer for the International Journal of Tourism Cities, of which she is an editorial advisory board member. Vanessa is an associate editor for the Journal of Media and Communication Studies, (Common Ground Publishing, USA) and is engaged with the editorial board of the Island Studies Journal (Canada). She is part of the advisory board of the Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies (Illinois) and occupies the position of senior member at the International Economic Research Development Centre (Hong Kong). She serves as editor for the journal Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes and has contributed in various book chapters for Routledge and Emerald.

Vanessa is engaged in a number of research collaborations in India; she is a research coordinator at the Centre of Tourism Research and Development (Lucknow, India); she serves as adjunct faculty for the Lovely Professional University (Jalandhar, India); and she is a visiting faculty for the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Hyderabad, India).

Vanessa plays key roles in a number of community empowerment initiatives; from 2010 to 2013, she assumed the role of Vice President and from 2015 to 2017, as President, at the African Network for Policy, Research and Advocacy for Sustainability (ANPRAS), a regional Non-Governmental Organisation affiliated with the African Union. As a co-founder of ANPRAS, she spearheaded a number of community-based initiatives and research activities in the field of island tourism, women empowerment, informal tourism economy, community-based tourism and sustainable development. Vanessa has also assumed key roles at the level of the African Union since the past five years; she occupied the position of Cluster Secretary for the woman and gender cluster from 2015 to 2018 and currently, she assumes the role of Deputy Chair for the Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy cluster of African Union Economic and Social Council (ECOSOCC). Vanessa is also actively promoting women empowerment through her affiliation with All Ladies League (India) and the World Advocates in Tourism and Women Academics in Tourism. She serves as National Coordinator for WAELE (Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment), an international organisation based in Nigeria and which caters for the cause of women, widows and young girls. Vanessa has been conferred various awards for her contribution in research and woman empowerment in India, Mauritius and Africa.

The department is interested in collaborating in research projects and consultancy in the field of island tourism, post-conflict post-disaster and post-colonial destinations, community-based tourism, tourism management and marketing, informal tourism economy, women entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism and related themes.