CHTA announces new VPs for 2022-2024

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is heading into the 2022-2024 biennium with a new slate of vice presidents in assist of present President Nicola Madden-Greig of the Courtleigh Hospitality Group in Jamaica.

At the group’s annual basic assembly final month, St. Lucian hotelier Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director of Bay Gardens Resorts Group, was confirmed because the new First Vice President. 

The award-winning Destang is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst and a former president of the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Second Vice President is Gregor Nassief, Chairman & CEO of GEMS Holdings Limited, which owns the favored Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel in Dominica

Nassief beforehand served as Deputy Chairman of Discover Dominica Authority and president of the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association.

The third Vice President is Federico Moreno-Nickerson, Vice President of Development for AMResorts/Apple Leisure Group. 

Originally from Mexico, Moreno-Nickerson has served on CHTA’s Executive Committee since 2017. 

His huge expertise over 30 years within the hospitality trade consists of being a founding member of the World Heritage Alliance between Expedia Inc. and the United Nations Foundation.

Paola Rainieri de Diaz has been named CHTA’s fourth Vice President. She is previous President of the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), and a Chief Marketing Officer for Grupo Punta Cana within the Dominican Republic.

Bill Clegg, a very long time supporter of CHTA, will proceed to function fifth Vice President. As Regional Director, Franchise Development at Best Western Hotels & Resorts, he’s accountable for the mid-Atlantic and Caribbean areas. 

Prior to that he served for greater than 20 years in varied government management roles with Choice Hotels.

Jim Hepple, the proprietor of Tourism Analytics, whose tourism expertise spans the size and breadth of the Caribbean, stays treasurer of CHTA. 

A former president and CEO of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association, the Aruba-based Hepple has served quite a few tourism businesses within the area on the highest government degree.

“I sit up for working intently with these unbelievable leaders,” mentioned Madden-Greig, who defined they characterize a bunch with the best mixture of “experience, expertise and power” to take the regional affiliation ahead over the subsequent two years. 

Madden-Greig mentioned there’s larger recognition of the necessity to embrace continued studying, collaboration and innovation to take Caribbean tourism to the subsequent degree as restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

“It is the intention of the CHTA Executive in 2023 to forge new partnerships in direction of tackling the local weather disaster, leveraging expertise, and shepherding extra Caribbean entrepreneurs alongside the trail in direction of sustainable wealth creation throughout the area,” Madden-Greig acknowledged.

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