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Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives Elect 2013-14 Leadership

Focus on Best Practices & Advocacy During Annual General Meeting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS (Feb. 12, 2013) - The Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) held its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) prior to Caribbean Travel Marketplace where members elected officers for the 2013-14 term and shared best practices for running a local hotel association.

Association executives from 11 hotel associations as well as two hotel association presidents met and elected the following individuals to CSHAE executive committee:
  • Lisa Hamilton, president, United States Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association, was elected for a second term as president of CSHAE.
  • Gilda Gumbs-Samuel, executive director, Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Association, was re-elected as vice president of CSHAE
  • Neil Forrester, general manager, Antigua Hotels & Tourism Association, was re-elected as treasurer
  • Stacey Cox, association executive, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, was elected secretary.
Other members elected to the CSHAE Board of Directors include:
  • Sue Springer, executive vice president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
  • Frank Comito, executive vice president, Bahamas Hotel Association
  • Clarisa Jimenez, president and CEO, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association
Over the course of the two days of training CSHAE executives expressed key advocacy concerns including increased taxation, lack of destination marketing, high energy costs and the lack of and high prices of air transportation.

"We continue to find that most islands are faced with the same issues so we shared our best practices in hopes that what is successful in one destination can be used to affect change in other countries," said Hamilton.  "Under the banner of advocacy we are concerned about the various forms of taxation as well as the high cost of energy as these items impact our operating costs," noted Hamilton.

During the meeting, the group updated the work plan it created in 2012 to incorporate new strategies to guide their efforts over the next few years to strengthen the work and roles of associations at the local and regional level.  The meeting also covered ways to enhance leadership skills, drive membership to the local associations and integrating social media platforms and booking engine.

The executives also honored Alec Sanguinetti, CHTA's former director general and CEO, who retired after 52 years of service to the Caribbean tourism industry.

Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives
The Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) is a professional association whose members include the top executives and senior managers from the region's private-sector led hotel and tourism-related organizations.  It's primary focus is to serve as a network for the region's associations by supporting the professional development of the staff and voluntary leadership; facilitating the gathering and flow of information; advancing programs in support of regional advocacy and product improvement efforts; and working collaboratively with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) in achieving mutual goals.

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.

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