November 21, 2019

World Tourism Day Message from Patricia Affonsa-Dass President, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019   The theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all”, is particularly relevant for the Caribbean because no other sector creates more jobs or more opportunities in a wider variety of professions and skills.  In addition to the 2.5 million people employed directly, many more benefit indirectly […]

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association seeks jobs for hurricane-affected workers

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MIAMI (September 24, 2019) – Working with public and private sector tourism partners in the Caribbean, The Bahamas and South Florida, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and its counterpart the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) have launched “Tourism Jobs for Bahamians” to secure temporary employment for these industry professionals.   Hurricane Dorian, one of […]

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and The Nature Conservancy forge ties

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Agreement Inked to Protect the Environment and Promote Tourism Sustainability   MIAMI (August 25, 2019) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has teamed up with one of the world’s leading environmental organizations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to help create a more resilient Caribbean where tourism thrives while communities benefit and natural resources are […]

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association recognises Tourism Excellence

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MIAMI (July 10, 2019) – St. Maarten hotel association executive Wyb Meijer, Aruban guest experience supervisor Berlinda Engelhardt, and Puerto Rican Security Supervisor Luis de Jesus were named among three Caribbean tourism industry stakeholders who have exemplified excellence across the region’s bread and butter industry. Meijer, Executive Director of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), […]

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 […]