January 17, 2021

Caribbean Hospitality News: Bill Clegg to serve CHTA as 5th Vice President

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William “Bill” Clegg

PHOENIX (November 5) – Hospitality industry veteran William “Bill” Clegg has been appointed Fifth Vice President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

Clegg, who currently serves as an independent development representative for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, has been deeply embedded in the Caribbean hospitality sector for nearly 20 years, in both hotel performance management and development roles. In his current position, his efforts are directed at growing the presence of Best Western’s traditional and soft brands in the region.

“Bill is a longtime friend of CHTA … he’s supported us and the Caribbean tourism industry for years, so he’s a natural fit for the role,” said CHTA CEO and Director General Frank Comito. “He has a deep understanding of branding, longevity and hotel development. We’re looking forward to having his input, from a franchise development perspective, as we continue to do our best to pull our industry through the COVID-19 pandemic and come out stronger on the other side.”

Bringing decades of franchise development experience to the table, Clegg takes the reins of the fifth vice presidency from long-time Hilton manager Pablo Torres, who was named CHTA President earlier this month. 

Prior to his role with Best Western, Clegg spent 25 years with Choice Hotels International, holding senior positions in the franchise operations and brands departments.

Reflecting on his appointment, Clegg said, “Travelers from around the world aspire to travel to a region rich in natural beauty and warm, genuine hospitality, and I’m proud to play a leadership role in fostering hospitality and business success in the region.” 

He added, “CHTA is unique in bringing together members of the region’s 33 national hotel associations, and we continue to create and nurture programs to benefit various stakeholder groups, including hoteliers, up-and-coming professionals, hospitality chains, suppliers, and the many businesses that work in concert with hotels to ensure memorable, high-quality visits to the region.”

Clegg also currently serves as chairman of CHTA’s membership committee, and has led the association’s annual industry engagement event, the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) for the past six years. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Under Torres’ presidency, Clegg will serve on the executive committee for the 2020-2022 period along with First Vice President Nicola Madden-Greig; Second Vice President Gregor Nassief; Third Vice President Sanovnik Destang, Fourth Vice President Leo Garbutt, and treasurer Jim Hepple.

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