Officials from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association have presented a paper to attendees at a Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington DC urging the creation of a Caribbean-US public-private sector dialogue and a framework for a Caribbean-United States tourism action agenda to strengthen Caribbean engagement with the United States.
The Expedia group has reported at Caribbean Travel Marketplace an increase in travel demand of 20 per cent year over year for the Caribbean via the company’s platforms during the third quarter of 2015 with significant growth reported across the entire region. The company also reports that Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic remains the top producing market in the Caribbean with more than 15 per cent growth year over year in the third quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period in 2014.
Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, has reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a ‘hub and spoke’ organisation. He said he is pleased that the focus on strengthening the National Hotel & Tourism Associations throughout the region is evolving quickly.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has tapped leading tourism industry professionals to engage members during the general sessions of the association’s Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum. CHTA members will learn valuable business practices which can be implemented to generate revenue, reduce costs and become more efficient.
For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least capitalistic in the region is about to teach its neighbour governments, capitalists and free market adherents a lesson.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Cable & Wireless Communications, a full-service communications provider operating in 16 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The deal will see CWC work with hoteliers as the business solutions provider behind the end to end hospitality deployment of full IP network and telephony in the Caribbean, helping CHTA members reduce costs and increase efficiency in hotel operations.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has outlined plans for the new Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, an event designed for hospitality and tourism professionals. The event provides best practices and hands-on learning opportunities to help hoteliers “make more money and save more money”. CHIEF will be held from October 2nd-4th at El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico.
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association president Emil Lee has called for closer cooperation between the public and private sectors during an address to the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association. “Commitment and collaboration between the public and private sectors at an unprecedented level is essential if the Caribbean is to realise the potential which tourism presents in elevating and transforming the economies of the region and generating employment at all levels,” stated Lee.
Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, has announced that long-time employee Vanessa Ledesma-Berrios has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer. The move makes her the first female to hold such a commanding position within the CHTA headquarters staff.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, in a move to strengthen its management team, has created a new post and named marketing and media executive Matt Cooper as the chief marketing officer for the association. At the same time, the organisation has promoted long-time director of operations and events Vanessa Ledesma to the position of chief operating officer.
Puerto Rico has been hosting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. The event is considered one of the most important symposiums of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, explained that around 1,100 delegates from 29 different countries were expected to attend.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, representing 32 National Hotel Associations across the region, has appointed hospitality and tourism industry veteran Frank Comito as the new chief executive and director general. The new was announced as the annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Caribbean Travel Marketplace gets underway in Puerto Rico. Comito will assume the post March 9th, 2015.