CHTA Announces VPs for 2022-2024

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is heading into the 2022-2024 biennium with a brand new slate of vice presidents in help 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, govt director of Bay Gardens Resorts Group was confirmed as the brand new first vice chairman. The award-winning Destang is a chartered accountant and chartered monetary analyst and a former president of the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Second vice chairman 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.

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The third vice chairman is Federico Moreno-Nickerson, vice chairman 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 business contains 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 4th vice chairman. She is previous president of the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), and a chief advertising and marketing officer for Grupo Punta Cana within the Dominican Republic.

Bill Clegg, a long-time supporter of the CHTA, will proceed to function fifth vice chairman. 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 twenty years in varied govt 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 companies within the area on the highest govt degree.

“I stay up for working intently with these unimaginable leaders,” stated Madden-Greig, who defined they signify a bunch with the correct mixture of “experience, expertise and power” to take the regional affiliation ahead over the following two years.

Madden-Greig, who has served the affiliation with distinction over the previous 12 months – together with main CHTA’s manufacturing of the fortieth Caribbean Travel Marketplace in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in addition to mounting the primary annual Caribbean Travel Forum – stated rising from the COVID-19 pandemic there may be better recognition of the necessity to embrace continued studying, collaboration and innovation to take Caribbean tourism to the following degree.

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

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