May 27, 2019

Nominations open for the 2019 CHIEF Awards

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Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) to recognize tourism best practices  MIAMI (April 2, 2019) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is inviting nominations for the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards from the region’s tourism and hospitality sector as it recognizes outstanding initiatives that are making a difference in the industry.  […]

Swiss hospitality school to help educate Caribbean professionals

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Les Roches Global Hospitality Education partners with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation to provide scholarships  MIAMI (March 28, 2019) – A prestigious Swiss hospitality school will provide partial scholarships for Caribbean nationals seeking undergraduate degrees at the elite tertiary institution.  This follows the inking of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean […]

Quotable Caribbean

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February 3, 2019 “It is very overwhelming. The truth is all of us in the industry work very hard on a daily basis and so many other hoteliers are deserving of this.” – Sunil Chatrani, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Barbados-based Elegant Hotels Group, and 2019 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year“Sunil (Chatrani) is […]

CHTA shares optimistic 2019 tourism forecast

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (February 4, 2019) – Caribbean tourism officials are upbeat about 2019 and confidently expect another year of positive growth bolstered by increased airlift, improved sales, ongoing investments in hotel upgrades and refurbishments, and new properties coming on stream. Speaking with reporters at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) 37th annual Caribbean […]

CHTA President hails Caribbean diversity, beauty and strength of its people

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (January 30, 2019) – President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Patricia Affonso-Dass hailed the diversity of the region, its incredible natural beauty and people as core strengths as she called for the Caribbean to be better known as the most welcoming region in the world.  Kicking off the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, […]

Cuba’s hidden Zika outbreak

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By Don Ward Hickett From Precision Vaccinations Will Zika continue in California, the Caribbean, Florida, and Puerto Rico in 2019? January 8th, 2019 – A recent study highlights how the Zika virus may still be spreading in the Americas, including the island of Cuba.  This study says Cuban authorities didn’t follow the agreed to the practice of notifying […]

A New Year’s Message from Patricia Affonso-Dass, President, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA)

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Caribbean Tourism: Adapting to Change  As we look back over 2018 and look forward to the New Year, I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis quote: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  Our region’s rich tourism past and our many successes have served us well, providing a sound foundation for […]

Travel partners train Caribbean hospitality sector on diversity

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MIAMI (December 16, 2018) – Recognizing the changing dynamics in the global tourism industry and the imperative to meet customers’ needs and expectations, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) in partnership with two of its corporate partners, Interval International and Virgin Holidays, has launched a new program to support the training and […]

CHTA President calls for greater investment in Caribbean people

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CAYMAN ISLANDS (November 27, 2018) – While millions are drawn to the Caribbean’s natural beauty and attractions every year, it is the creativity and warmth of the people that keep visitors returning, asserts Patricia Affonso-Dass, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). Affonso-Dass, who will address this week’s 9th Tourism Human Resources Conference […]

Caribbean tourism stakeholders work to protect and regrow coral reefs

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MIAMI (November 28, 2018) – Recognizing the environmental and economic value of healthy coral reefs, and the dangers posed by warmer oceans and more intense hurricanes, a group of tourism-focused organizations have joined forces to help protect and regenerate Caribbean reefs. The nonprofit Tourism Cares, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), and the Grupo […]