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The Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association Names David Callaghan the
Allied Member of the Year; Recognized for Ongoing Support
of the Caribbean Hospitality Industry

Interval International Vice President Becomes
the 12th Recipient of this Prestigious Award
CORAL GABLES, FL - Jan. 20, 2009 - The Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association (CHTA) has named David Callaghan the Allied Member of the Year for his ongoing support of the Caribbean hospitality industry.  
Callaghan, as Vice President of Resort Sales and Service for Interval International, has been a long standing member of CHTA and has been involved in a number of activities in support of the association including:
  • Assistance in the creation and launch of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference.
  • Ongoing assistance in planning and programs for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference.
  • Ongoing overall support of the CHTA meeting and conference programs.
  • Initiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement between Interval International and with CHTA in 2001.
  • Ongoing financial support as a major supporter of the CHTA Education Foundation.
"David Callaghan has been a tireless individual who continues to support our member programs and he has always given of his own time and energy to assist CHTA with a number of endeavors over the years," said Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO of CHTA, adding:
"His contribution in developing the concept and programming for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference is commendable and his ongoing support for the CHTA Education Foundation has been a major factor in allowing the Foundation to increase the annual number of scholarships awarded to Caribbean students seeking a career in tourism." 
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) named David Callaghan, vice president of resort sales and service for Interval International, as the 2009 Allied Member of the Year.  

(l-r) Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO of CHTA, Callaghan, and Enrique de Marchena Kaluche, president of CHTA
Callaghan is vice president of resort sales and service for Interval International. He oversees Interval's presence for the Caribbean, Eastern United States and Eastern Canada, as well as directs the day-to-day sales and service activities for the territory. Callaghan is also responsible for building the company's developer client base in the region.  

He joined Interval in 1993 as an onsite account manager and was promoted to Caribbean region manager in 1995. He has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions with the company, including assistant vice president of business development, where he directed the company's participation in industry-related conferences throughout the Americas.  
Callaghan was recognized with a prestigious American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Circle of Excellence Award for being Producer of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
He is a member or allied member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He currently serves as Chairman of the AHLA/ARDA Vacation Ownership Committee. 
Callaghan resides in Miami with his wife and two children.
Past CHTA Allied Members of the Year Honorees include: 

  • Gonzalo Ruiz, American Express -- 1997
  • James Weitkamp, Harbor Linens -- 1998
  • Warren Binder, Creative Travel Consultants -- 1999
  • Richard Kahn, Kahn Travel Communications -- 2000
  • Doria Camaraza, American Express -- 2001
  • Allen Chastenet, Air Jamaica -- 2002
  • Bob Troni, American Airlines -- 2003
  • Tom Pas, Pas Purchasing - 2004
  • Patricia Ecke, The New York Times -- 2005
  • George deMercado, Air Jamaica -- 2006
  • Billy Jonckheer, Jonckheer Advertising and Marketing Consultants -- 2007
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) aims to facilitate 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 was founded in 1962; it 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 marshalling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 800 member hotels and 750 allied members.  

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

Also See: Recap: The 12th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference; Confidence High as Investment Community Looks at Caribbean for Future Development / May 2008



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