Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association News

CHTA calls for Caribbean-US tourism dialogue

CHTA calls for Caribbean-US tourism dialogue

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.

Expedia reveals surge in demand for Caribbean travel

Expedia reveals surge in demand for Caribbean travel

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.

CHTA warns Caribbean to avoid complacency over Cuban tourism growth

CHTA warns Caribbean to avoid complacency over Cuban tourism growth

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.

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association signs up Cable & Wireless for hospitality connectivity

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association signs up Cable & Wireless for hospitality connectivity

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.

CHTA outlines plans for new CHIEF event in Puerto Rico

CHTA outlines plans for new CHIEF event in Puerto Rico

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.

CHTA president Lee calls for closer cooperation with private sector

CHTA president Lee calls for closer cooperation with private sector

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.

Puerto Rico welcomes Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015

Puerto Rico welcomes Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015

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.

Comito steps up to lead Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

Comito steps up to lead Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

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.