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Southeast, Central & South American Federation

Ruth Smith

Bethune-Cookman University



I hope the Fall semester is going well for everyone!  Continuing the trend of member highlights, this month I would like to introduce Dr. Vikneswaran Nair:

SECSA Member Highlight – Dr. Vikneswaran Nair
Dr. Vikneswaran Nair is a Professor in Sustainable Tourism, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at University of The Bahamas (UB) in Nassau, The Bahamas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Agriculture University of Malaysia, Master of Science in Systems Engineering with a specialisation in Environment and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Ecotourism from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He also holds a Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the College of Professional Management, Jersey, UK, and a Licensed Environmental Auditor (EMS-14001). Prior to joining UB in 2017, Dr. Nair was at Taylor’s University, Malaysia, for 19 years as a full Professor of Sustainable Tourism, at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts; Programme Leader for the Responsible Rural Tourism Network; Founding Director and Research Fellow of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Tourism (CRiT) and the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Development at the University.

Dr. Nair’s research specialisation fall in the broad area of sustainable and responsible tourism, rural tourism, ecotourism management, environmental management, and community-based tourism. A consultant with many national and international projects, Dr. Nair has an exceptional research achievements with extensive publications, grants, research supervisions and awards. He received the Taylor’s Chairman’s Staff Excellence Award for Academic and Research Excellence in 2002, 2007 & 2013, and also the Merit and Honorary Award respectively as the Outstanding Young Malaysian Awards for Academic Leadership and Research Accomplishment from the Junior Chambers International in 2006 & 2009.

He is the past President of the APacCHRIE and served in numerous committees in CHRIE. In addition, he is also the past Vice President of the Malaysia Ecotourism Association (MEA), and the past Secretary of the Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia. He is a well sought after keynote speaker across the globe and visiting professor for universities in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Myanmar, France and Bahamas. He has been profiled in the International Ecotourism Club ( and the Sustainability Leaders Project (

Dr. Nair and his branch of University of the Bahamas in Nassau are still trying to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian. The branch campus in Grand Bahama was totally wiped out, causing them to lose all of their science labs, computer labs, library and all admin and faculty offices.  Please consider assisting with relief efforts: (Note: This may also be a great opportunity for student organizations who raise funding for such causes.)  

If you are doing great things, or have a colleague you feel should be recognized, please reach out and let us know!

5th Annual ICHRIE-SECSA Federation Conference
Join us at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama for our 5th Annual ICHRIE-SECSA Conference Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29, 2020. In addition to boasting a fantastic conference filled with passion and spirit, the event will take place at a AAA Four Diamond property, located downtown Auburn; rich in history and steeped in natural charm! Our program will feature several key presenters and workshops in both Research and Pedagogy. Come join Dr. James May, Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology at Valencia College, for a hands-on, interactive session discussing a variety of FREE 21st Century teaching technologies and the Power Pedagogies that underscore their use.

We are now accepting abstracts for our two-pronged academic focus (Research and Pedagogy).

Paper Submission and Notification Timeline:
Submission deadline—November 17, 2019
Notice of acceptance—January 5, 2020
Registration Deadlines: Author per accepted abstract—January 19, 2020
For all other attendees—February 09, 2020
Final abstracts due—January 19, 2020
For full details of the Call for Papers, visit:

“Please visit our ‘One-Stop’ SECSA Conference 2020 Store online for all the information and resources you need to plan your conference visit successfully. The site includes information on conference registration, hotel reservation, abstracts submission, keynote speakers, location and directions, things to do in Auburn, Alabama, and more. One-Stop’ SECSA Conference 2020 store:

Our first publication of our quarterly newsletter, SECSA Heat is available on the ICHRIE Federations—Southeast, Central & South American Federation website.

Federation Overview
Meet the SECSA Board

October 2019

SECSA bylaws
ICHRIE-SECSA Conference 2020
SECSA Conference Call for Papers 2020 - Flyer
Call for Papers Information & Link
2016 Conference Proceedings
2017 SECSA Conference Proceedings
2018 SECSA Conference Proceedings
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