Annual Small Hotels Retreat For Small, Independent Hoteliers Set For Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2009 In St. Thomas, USVI
The retreat will have the same format as last year with presentations during the morning and "round-table" discussions in the afternoon that focus on developing marketing skills, technology and human resources. Both will cover a variety of aspects in these critical areas.
Day one of the retreat will be "Operations Day" where comprehensive presentations will be dedicated specifically to small and independent hotel management. On day two, "Marketing Day," presenters will provide an innovative and applied approach to hotel marketing.
The conference includes a trade show where exhibitors who specialize in serving the smaller hospitality area have the opportunity to promote their products and services to hoteliers. Rates for a tabletop display are US$750 plus US$150 per exhibitor delegate registration. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days in the exhibit area for networking opportunities with exhibitors.
Last year 18 countries were represented at the retreat with approximately 84 hotel delegates.
"The point of the Small Hotels Retreat is to gather hoteliers and offer one another advice and proactive steps to increase consumer awareness of the privately-owned boutique hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean. We also use this opportunity to discuss the challenges facing all hotels and seek strategies to promote a successful year," noted Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, president of CHTA.
CHTA is offering an early bird registration fee of US$150 for hotelier delegates and US$275 for non-hoteliers who pay by Sept. 1, 2009. Registration increases to US$200 for hoteliers and US$325 non-hoteliers after Sept. 1, 2009. Day passes are available to hoteliers for US$125 per day for Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, 2009.
A special group rate of US$135 per night (single or double occupancy) has been set at the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. Reservations can be made online via the Small Hotels Retreat section of the CHTA website or by contacting Patricia Telemaque at the hotel 340-715-6115 ext. 6203. Taxes and surcharges are not included in the group rate. The group rate must be booked by Sept. 4, 2009. Reservation requests after this date will be accepted on a space available basis.
This year's Small Hotels Retreat is sponsored by Choice Hotels International, RCI and Virgin Holidays.
For complete details and to register for the Small Hotels Retreat, visit , call 305-443-3040 or send e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Virgin Island is located in the eastern Caribbean, just 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. Surrounded by clear blue waters of the Caribbean, St. Thomas boasts as one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. As the most visited port in the Caribbean, downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping and even submarine rides. The island also possesses numerous sublime natural splendors, such as stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level.
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 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 750 member hotels and 525 allied members. For more information, visit .
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