The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s “Icon of Hospitality” title celebrates the careers and lives of extraordinary leaders whose work in Caribbean hospitality has stood the test of time and left its mark on CHTA and the region. The association’s new ultimate recognition honors legendary professionals who have not only achieved phenomenal business success but have also mentored and molded those aiming for excellence in this industry.

George Myers

On behalf of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association President Nicola Madden-Greig and the entire CHTA Executive Committee, we pay tribute to a Caribbean tourism stalwart and preeminent Caribbean businessman, the late George Myers.

George Myers, a legendary figure dearly cherished in his native Jamaica, the Bahamas, and throughout the region, played a pivotal role in shaping the tourism landscape of Nassau Paradise Island and the Bahamas for over 50 illustrious years. His profound impact on the region, the hotel industry, and the local community cannot be overstated.

Having started his career in the hospitality industry at his family-owned hotel in Jamaica, George transitioned to the Bahamas in 1963, where he climbed the ranks from bar manager to vice president and general manager of the Nassau Beach Hotel. Later, as the president and chief operating officer of Resorts International (Bahamas), he played a crucial role in the development of Paradise Island.

George’s visionary leadership led to the establishment of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association, unifying the hotel industry to promote and further enhance the destination. As President of the then Caribbean Hotel Association and a member of its Executive Committee, he was instrumental in expanding CHTA’s impact and regional reach through the creation of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the premier tourism marketing event in the region, showcasing his unwavering vision and commitment.

In addition to his accomplishments in the hotel sector, Mr. Myers founded The Myers Group Ltd., which became a leading hotel operator and made significant contributions as the largest restaurant operator in the Bahamas. Through his endeavors, George became a prominent employer in the Bahamas, with his company providing jobs for more than 1,000 individuals.

George gained the respect and confidence of every Bahamas Prime Minister, providing counsel and advocating for policies and collaborative marketing initiatives which propelled the Bahamas to becoming one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

A dedicated philanthropist, board member, community advocate and mentor to many, George Myers continuously prioritized giving back to his beloved community. He received numerous well-deserved honors and accolades throughout his remarkable career, including Caribbean Hotelier of the Year, and the Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award.

The CHTA Caribbean Icon Award is the highest recognition our association bestows upon extraordinary individuals in the Caribbean hospitality industry who have left an indelible mark on our industry. With great admiration and respect, we present this posthumous award to George Myers, honoring his enduring legacy.

We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues and invite them to join us in celebrating his life and achievements.