CHTA Monthly Newsletter, November 2014

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CHTA Launches New Caribbean Travel Marketplace Website
CHTA is re-launching the website for Caribbean Travel Marketplace with a new design that is more user-friendly for those accessing the website via desktop and mobile devices.

The website provides detailed information about Caribbean Travel Marketplace and the host country, Puerto Rico, including facts and figures about buyers and supplier companies, a list of past buyer companies, benefits of participation, registration fees, online registration, travel information, entry requirements, event sponsors, attendee profiles for potential sponsors and links to Puerto Rico’s destination and airport websites.

Appointment Requests Open Read More

Increase Your Business By Sponsoring Caribbean Travel Marketplace!
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Last Chance To Register for CHICOS, Nov. 13-14 In The Dominican RepublicRead More

CHTA President Emil Lee Appoints Committee Chairs Read More

2015 CHTA Membership Dues Must Be Paid For Caribbean Travel Marketplace Registration Read More

Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 Delegate Opportunity: Submit Your Press Release Read More

CHTA Office Closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays Read More

New in the CHTA Data Center
• CTO Statistics – October 2014
• STR Caribbean Lodging Performance – September 2014
• STR Caribbean Pipeline Report – September 2014
• Anguilla Tourism Tourism Release – Sept thru November 2014
• Anguilla Tourism Summary Report – September 2014
• Antigua Statistics – September 2014
• Aruba Status of Tourism Industry – September 2014
• Dominican Republic – September 2014
• Puerto Rico Tourism Statistic – August 2014
• St. Lucia Tourism Performance Report – September 2014

The above reports and more can be found in the CHTA Data Center.

National Hotel Association News
CITA Supports Tourism Speak Off
The Ministry & Cayman Islands Department of Tourism recently hosted the 2014 Tourism Speak Off Competition where students between 14-17 years of age develop in-depth knowledge of tourism issues that impact businesses locally, regionally and globally. Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, the executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) served as a judge and presented a $500 check to the winner, Katherine Tatum of the Layman Scott High School, Cayman Brac. As the winner, Ms. Tatum will be designated “Tourism Ambassador” for one year, and as part of her prize, is welcomed to attend suitable tourism activities including CITA’s Stingray Awards. For more, click here (Source: CITA press release).
Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association Launches HR Breakfast Club
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Industry Information
CARPHA Statement On Ebola Virus Disease Including Guidelines For Travelers
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is responsible for preventing disease, promoting
and protecting health.  In light of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the West-African Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and bearing in mind the reality of rapid international travel, CARPHA seeks to keep the Caribbean population abreast of the Ebola public health issue and of the mechanisms being put in place to address this issue.  At this time, CARPHA assesses that the likelihood of an Ebola case being imported to the Caribbean region is low. To date, there have been NO reported cases of EVD in the Caribbean region.  CARPHA is working closely with its regional and international partners, such as the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), CHTA, CTO, governments and health officials to strengthen capacity, including providing training, guidelines, updated information and technical support to Member States. For the full statement which includes guidelines for travelers,click here.
Millennials Travel More, But Spend Less…For Now Read More

British Airways Thanks Trade For Support To Caribbean Read More

Job Security Boosts Holiday Confidence Read More

CHTA Education Foundation
We Need Your Donations Now For CHTAEF Silent Auction! Nov. 14Deadline
With The New York Times Travel Show scheduled early next year – Jan. 23-25, 2015 – we need donations from our members NOW! We don’t have the opportunity of soliciting prizes at Caribbean Travel Marketplace as we have done in years past so we need to rely on the members sending in their donation forms by the Nov. 14 deadline. We need your prizes so that CHTAEF can continue providing scholarships for the next generation of hospitaltiy and tourism employees. To make a donation, complete the donation form and send via email or fax to 305-716-9138. Thank you members for supporting the CHTAEF scholarship fund!

Strategic Partners
Return on Investment From A Sustainability Angle
s there a tradeoff between sustainability and long-term profitability in the Caribbean tourism market? Find the answer to this and other sustainable investment and development questions at the CHICOS Conference. Denaye Hinds, who serves as the Technical Director for the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), a CHTA committee, and Director of Sustainability for OBM International will be moderating the panel discussion. For the full panel description and list of speakers, click here and here for more information.
CHTA Strategic Partner Interval International Helps Boost Occupancy, Increase Bottom Line Read More

Members Corner
Recruitment Frenzy Discount: 30% Off Job Postings
Your busy season is likely just around the corner!Hcareers is here to help by offering simple, effective recruitment solutions for your seasonal or permanent recruitment needs. Take advantage of our discount for a limited time with this specially-designed promotion for CHTA Members. Offer valid through Dec. 3, 2014. Email or call 360-312-7826 to take advantage of this special offer today!

In Memoriam
CHTA Mourns The Loss of Warren Cohen, SVP, Unique Vacations Inc., Sandals Resorts International
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Warren Cohen, who served as senior vice president, tour operator marketing and sales for Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts International. Warren had been battling cancer in recent months but continued to work throughout his illness. SRI Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart said, “Warren represented Sandals and Beaches in the best way possible and did this throughout his illness, which is a testament not only to his spirit but to the people who supported him.” We send our condolences to his wife Christine, three adult children, Michael, Danny and Jamie, and his brother Stuart. The family is asking that, if people choose, donations to The American Cancer Society be made in Warren’s honor. For more, click here (Source: Travel Agent Central).
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