The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is reconstituting the previously successful Chain Hotels Forum, originally created 15 years ago, but dormant over the past few years following a long period of successful growth in the region. The Forum will be a half-day meeting and networking session held April 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Coral Gables beginning with a welcome luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include a region wide advocacy program to create awareness among Caribbean citizens and the governments about the importance of tourism to the local economies of the region.
Other topics of discussion will focus on marketing in the down economy, human resource issues, the environment and the dwindling airline seat capacity in the region. “We are seeking closer integration between the chain hotels with properties in the Caribbean and CHTA for the benefit of all parties and will revisit common goals to protect the interests of hospitality and tourism companies in the region,” said Enrique de Marchena Kaluche, president of CHTA.
Companies expected to attend include: Accor Hotels, Almond Resorts, Altabella Hotels, AMHSA Resorts, Antilles Resorts, Bahia Principe Resorts, Best Western, Barcelo Hotels, Carlson Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Divi Resorts, Dreams Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Hotels, Four Seasons, Hilton Caribbean, Hyatt Resorts, Iberostar Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Kerzner International, Leader Hotels, LXR Luxury Resorts, Marriott & Renaissance Resorts, Occidental Hotels, Palace Resorts, Rex Resorts, Riu Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, RockResorts, Rosewood Hotels, Secrets Resorts, Sol Melia Hotels, Sandals Resorts, Starwood, SuperClubs, Viva Resorts and Wyndham Hotels.