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.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has appointed Nadine Rankin, managing director for AMG, as a regional vice president for the European market. Rankin will be responsible for ensuring that CHTA focuses on understanding the challenges that present themselves in this competitive industry.
Green Globe Certification supports the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation-Haiti Fund (CHTAEF-Haiti Fund) and recently donated US$2,000 to purchase 5 netbooks with MS software for surviving Haiti hotel school students who lost their institution as a result of the devastating earthquake of January 12 in 2010.