Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Travel Marketplace is attended annually by more than 1,200 delegates from international tour operator and wholesale companies as well as representatives from Caribbean hotels, destinations and attractions.
“We have chosen Puerto Rico as the host country for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 because of the world-class facilities offered at the Puerto Rico Convention Center as well as the accessibility of the destination for the CHTA membership and the international delegates that will be in attendance,” said Jeffrey S. Vasser, Director General and CEO of CHTA.
CHIEF RESCHEDULED FOR 2015
The Caribbean Hospitality Industry Education Forum (CHIEF) has been rescheduled and will now take place in the Fall 2015 to allow member hoteliers and allied members time to provide vital input for what is expected to become the must attend annual conference. CHTA’s staff and leadership are recasting the organization with a newly focused strategy and the creation of a revitalized member benefit platform. “We don’t want to rush this crucial conference without the proper input and planning from our membership,” said Jeffrey Vasser, CHA, the organization’s recently appointed Director General and CEO.
“We are creating an event from the ground up that covers crucial aspects of the Caribbean hospitality industry for both hotel operators and the allied membership,” he said. “The rescheduled event will allow more time for input from an expanded Advisory Board made up of hoteliers, our strategic partners and from among our allied members, who represent a variety of industry segments,” Vasser added.
SANDALS FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH CHICHESTER COLLEGE
Through a collaborative effort between the Sandals Foundation and a group of social and health work students from Chichester College in the UK, the Willikies community has received some much needed assistance.
The volunteers, over a period of one week, worked on several projects to include renovating the Willikies Pre-School, where the group repainted buildings and engaged students in academic lessons.
Debbie Mason, founder of the early childhood centre, said, “We are very grateful for what the Sandals Foundation and the UK group have done for us. We are celebrating our 16th anniversary and had the facelift as one of the projects to complete and now this gift has been given to the students. All of us including teachers and parents are truly elated.”