Caribbean Society Of Hotel Association Executives Elect Executive Committee For 2-Year Term; Sets Agenda For 2014
Leadership Conference Sponsored by ARDA ROC
The Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Leadership Conference, sponsored by American Resort Development Association - Resort Owners' Coalition (ARDA-ROC), prior to Caribbean Travel Marketplace where members voted for its executive committee for the 2014-16 term.
- Gilda Gumbs-Samuel, executive director, Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Association, was elected as president of CSHAE
- Neil Forrester, general manager, Antigua Hotels & Tourism Association, was elected as vice president of CSHAE
- Stacey Cox, association executive, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, was elected treasurer of CSHAE
- Irene Dingjan, CEO, Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association, was elected as secretary of CSHAE
- Lisa Hamilton, president, United States Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association, holds the position of chairman of CSHAE, having served as president for the 2012-14 term.
Other members elected to the CSHAE Board of Directors include:
- Sue Springer, executive vice president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
- Clarisa Jimenez, president and CEO, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association
- Louanna Chai-Alves, executive director, Trinidad Hotels. Restaurants and Tourism Association
- Jim Hepple, president and CEO, Aruba hotel and Tourism Association
"I am extremely humbled that the association executives think highly of my work over the years and have placed confidence in me to lead the CSHAE group of executives for the next two years," said Gumbs-Samuel. "I am proud of the fact that the CSHAE presidency is held for the first time by an executive from Anguilla and look forward to working with the dynamic group of association executives from other Caribbean countries to enhance the state of the hospitality and tourism industries within the region."
During the course of the meeting, the executives discussed the role each destination's association plays in the overall success of the region's tourism industry and the importance of developing a strong partnership with the local tourist boards. The association executives discussed issues and concerns facing each country including local government challenges, lack of adequate marketing funds, air lift and excessive taxation.
Prior to the AGM, the executives along with three CHTA board members, CHTA President Richard J. Doumeng, Jeff Vasser, CHA, director general and CEO of CHTA, and Emil Lee, president-elect of CHTA, participated in the CSHAE Leadership Conference. The Leadership Conference, sponsored by ARDA-ROC, CSHAE and CHTA, featured professional development sessions by Scott Joslove, president and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association (THLA), Keith Stephenson, director of state government affairs, American Resort Development Association ARDA-ROC and Jason Kamel, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
"We are grateful for the continued support of ARDA-ROC through their sponsorship of the CSHAE Leadership Conference over the past few years," said Gumbs-Samuel. "Our association executives benefit tremendously from the information shared at the Leadership Conference so the partnership with ARDA-ROC is important for the staging for this event."
During his presentation, Joslove provided the executives with a list of best practices to assist them in improving their association's membership as well as creating benefits for each association's membership base. Joslove also detailed options of creative revenue generation and advocacy issues in effort to continue to provide valuable benefits to members.
Stephenson and Kamel focused the discussions on best practices on lobbying each association's respective local government.
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. Its 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.
Theresa M. Oakes
Phone: (516) 594-4100
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is a federation of 32 National Hotel Associations, with morethan 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members. CHTA is the largest representative of the private sector in the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry. We are 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.CHTA, including the events staged by the association, is supported by Strategic Partners AskMe Inc., Clear Channel Airport Division, HVS, Interval International, JetBlue Getaways, MasterCard, OBM International, Tambourine and Travelzoo. For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.