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The CHTA Is Looking for the Caribbean’s Next Tourism Leaders

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - April 29, 2024

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is looking for the next generation of hospitality and tourism leaders in the Caribbean. 

The CHTA has launched the next session of its Young Leaders Forum, chaired by Barbados hotelier and former CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass. 

“The Young Leaders Forum serves as a cornerstone in developing the next generation of hospitality professionals,” said Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO and Director General of CHTA. “These emerging leaders are the future, embodying the promise of a dynamic and thriving industry. At CHTA, our mission goes beyond career preparation; we aim to cultivate leaders eager to take on volunteer roles, enriching our industry and local communities alike.”

The program, which is now accepting applications, “focuses on developing the next generation of the Caribbean hospitality industry and empowering the region’s emerging leaders,” according to the CHTA. 

The program has been a crucial platform for networking, with many graduates having taken on active roles on CHTA committees. 

Through my Young Leaders Forum Mentorship, I’ve transformed challenges into opportunities, enhancing my professional development and elevating guest experiences at the hotel at the same time,” said Michael Doumeng, the digital marketing manager at St Thomas’ Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, a previous program member. “My mentor’s encouragement and expertise have not only helped motivate my journey but also deepened my understanding of the industry.”

To apply, visit the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

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