Michael Scantlebury

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Associate Professor

Office Address: 274C DeVos Center

Phone: 616-331-2705

Fax: 616-331-3115

Email: scantlem@gvsu.edu

Teaching Areas/Interests:

HTM 101 - Intro to Hospitality and Tourism
HTM 202 - International Tourism
HTM 253 - Convention Sales and Service
HTM 368 - Geotourism (previously HTM 368 - Ecotourism)
HTM 375 - Hospitality and Tourism Research


B.A., University of West Indies Mona
M. Phil., University of West Indies Mona
Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada

Certificate in Tourism Studies, University of Surrey in England
Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo, Canada


Dr. Scantlebury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Prior to joining Grand Valley State University, he was on the faculty of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.  Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a seasonal lecturer at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Scantlebury has worked in travel and tourism since 1985.  His career began as a research officer for the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA).  Throughout his career, he also served the organization as a marketing manager and relocated to New York City as manager of US Operations.  His last position with the BTA was a Vice President of Marketing and Sales.  At other times in his career, he was a consultant with Ernst & Young and managed the regional tourism consulting practice for Coopers & Lybrand (Caribbean) Consultants Inc.  He has extensive tourism consulting experience in the Caribbean and has also conducted assignments in Ontario, Canada.


His research interests are in the following areas:

  • Community-enterprise relationships in heritage tourism
  • Barriers to heritage tourism development