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Miami, FL (July 3, 2014) - The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) elected a new slate of officers at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held July 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.  The officers will be led by Emil Lee, general manager of Princess Heights Hotel in St.Maarten, who was sworn in as president of CHTA during the AGM.  Lee is the first person from St. Maarten to be elected to the association's highest post.  Lee and the officers will serve the membership of CHTA for the 2014-16 biennium.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) inaugurated Emil Lee (pictured center), general manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten, as the new president at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 1, 2014. Richard J. Doumeng, (pictured right), immediate past president of CHTA and managing director of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI, ceremoniously turns over the gavel to Lee along with Jeffrey S. Vasser, CHA, director general and CEO of CHTA.

The five Vice Presidents and Treasurer to serve under Lee are as follows:

  • 1st Vice President - Karolin Troubetzkoy, president, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and owner and executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia 

  • 2nd Vice President - Stuart Bowe, president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association and senior vice president and general manager of Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas 
  • 3rd Vice President - Karen Whitt, director, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and general manager, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos 
  • 4th Vice President - Patricia Affonso Dass, immediate past president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and general manager of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, Barbados 
  • 5th Vice President - William "Bill" Clegg, regional vice president, Franchise Service and Programs for Choice Hotels International 
  • Treasurer - James Hepple, president and CEO, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association
The newly elected president and officers of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). Pictured (l-r) Jeffrey S. Vasser, CHA, director general and CEO of CHTA; Karolin Troubetzkoy, first vice president of CHTA, president, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and owner and executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia; Stuart Bowe, second vice president of CHTA, president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association and senior vice president and general manager of Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; Karen Whitt, third vice president of CHTA, director, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and general manager, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos; Emil Lee, president of CHTA and general manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten; Patricia Affonso Dass, fourth vice president of CHTA, immediate past president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and general manager of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, Barbados; William "Bill" Clegg, fifth vice president of CHTA, regional vice president, Franchise Service and Programs for Choice Hotels International; and James Hepple, treasurer of CHTA and president and CEO, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association.

About Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members' needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.  CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region - and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members.

CHTA, including the events staged by the association, is supported by Strategic Partners MasterCard, Interval International, OBM International, HVS, Tambourine and TravelZoo.

For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.  Follow CHTA on Facebook Facebook.com/CaribbeanHotelandTourismAssociation and Twitter Twitter.com/CHTAFeeds

Contact: Theresa M. Oakes or Richard Kahn

T.Oakes@KTCpr.com or R.Kahn@KTCpr.com / 516-594-4100

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