Suzanne Pattusch Welcomes New CHTA President

Monday, 07 July 2014 07:35 News Editor
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Emil Lee, general manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten, took over the reigns as president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for the next two years and was welcomed in his new role by Suzanne Pattusch, executive vice president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association.
"Caribbean community is key to our sustainability going forward," said Suzanne Pattusch, adding: "We are reaching further into the global markets if we can find a way to market collaboratively."

CHTA elected a new slate of officers at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held July 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.  Lee was sworn in as president of CHTA during the AGM.  Lee and the officers will serve the membership of CHTA for the 2014-16 biennium.

The five Vice Presidents and Treasurer to serve under Lee are as follows:

·               1st Vice President           Karolin Troubetzkoy, president, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and owner and executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

·               2nd Vice President          Stuart Bowe, president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association and senior vice president and general manager of Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

·               3rd Vice President           Karen Whitt, director, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and general manager, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos

·               4th Vice President           Patricia Affonso Dass, immediate past president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and general manager of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, Barbados

·               5th Vice President           William “Bill” Clegg, regional vice president, Franchise Service and Programs for Choice Hotels International

·               Treasurer                        James Hepple, president and CEO, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association


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 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 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 MasterCard, Interval International, OBM International, HVS, Tambourine and TravelZoo.

For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.  Follow CHTA on Facebook Facebook.com/CaribbeanHotelandTourismAssociation and Twitter Twitter.com/CHTAFeeds.

Caption: Suzanne Pattusch, executive vice president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, with Emil Lee, the new president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA)

Caption: The newly elected president and officers of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).  Pictured (l-r) Jeffrey S. Vasser, CHA, director general and CEO of CHTA; Karolin Troubetzkoy, first vice president of CHTA, president, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and owner and executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia; Stuart Bowe, second vice president of CHTA, president, Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association and senior vice president and general manager of Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; Karen Whitt, third vice president of CHTA, director, Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and general manager, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos; Emil Lee, president of CHTA and general manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten; Patricia Affonso Dass, fourth vice president of CHTA, immediate past president, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and general manager of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, Barbados; William “Bill” Clegg, fifth vice president of CHTA, regional vice president, Franchise Service and Programs for Choice Hotels International; and James Hepple, treasurer of CHTA and president and CEO, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association.