Caribbean Alliance For Sustainable Tourism (CAST) Re-Elects Sir Royston O. Hopkin, Kcmg, As Chairman For 4th Consecutive Term
Newly Elected Governing Council Announced At Annual Meeting On July 24, 2009
“It has been a true pleasure to serve on a council that understands the importance of not only implementing environmentally friendly practices, but encouraging the entire region to engage in these initiatives,” expressed Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, owner and chairman, Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada. “With climate change set to be the major issue of the next decade, global attention will be on the Caribbean as our region will be one of the most adversely affected,” noted Hopkin. “What we do today will set the stage for much wider global initiatives and we are prepared to face these environmental challenges with great resolve and ingenuity,” he added.
Haydée Raineri, Senior Vice President of Hospitality and Human Resources for Group Punta Cana was elected as Deputy Chairman. Other Governing Council members elected to serve for the next two years include Bill Meade, Vice President and Partner of PA Consulting Group, Tim Peck, CEO Caribbean of OBM International, Frank Comito, President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) and Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, President of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).
During the Annual Governing Council meeting (pictured above), sessions were held to discuss issues relating to the initiatives that the institution is implementing, with special focus on the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action project (CHENACT), which is currently being executed in Barbados in conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The goal of the US$2 million CHENACT project is to drive Caribbean hotels to implement energy efficient practices and to generate their own renewable energy. This, in turn, is expected to enhance their competitiveness through improved energy use.
CAST is a non-profit entity established in 1997 to promote responsible environmental and social management of natural and heritage resources respectively within the hotel and tourism sector.
CAST is focused on the implementation of regional projects in collaboration with developmental entities and international financial agencies. Current priority objectives include the identification and promotion of the natural and cultural resources of the Caribbean, integration of energy and water conservation programs in hotels and support for solid and liquid waste management in tourist destinations.
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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