The Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) gathered for its annual Leadership Conference May 4-6 in Trinidad and agreed on a number of issues designed to strengthen the national associations and benefit the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) membership throughout the region and re-elected Susan Springer, executive director of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association as president of CSHAE for another year.The two-day meeting and educational symposium concluded with the group of association executives from across the region agreeing upon a six point action plan including:
* Helping to facilitate a reduction in energy costs throughout each destination
* Creating a greater environmental sensitivity in all areas of the destinations
* Broadening the agenda on education and training by both the public and private sectors
* Helping to ensure a safe environment in the destination
* Fostering professional development throughout the hotel sector
* Assisting in the creation of an expanded and improved workforce of Caribbean nationals working in the hospitality industry
“We intend to assist our members throughout the CHA community across the region as well as strengthen the operation of our local national hotel and tourism associations through education and training support of both the association executives and elected officials,” said Susan Springer, CSHAE President.
“We also want to build a world class Caribbean tourism workforce as human resource development has become one of the primary concerns throughout the hospitality industry and the Caribbean is no different,” she added.
The annual Leadership Conference, sponsored by the CHA, included a full-day symposium by Glenn Tecker, noted expert on association management, as well as a full-day of exchanging ideas that allowed both large and small associations to share successes and pitfalls of operating a national hotel association in the Caribbean.
The annual gathering also afforded CHA the opportunity to share changes in programs as well as get input from the national associations to further strengthen the relationships with the membership of both the national associations and CHA.
Executives from the national associations across the Caribbean elected a new slate of officers and directors for CSHAE including:
President: Sue Springer, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
Vice President: Caesar Campbell, Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association
Treasurer: Marion Wilson, Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association