MIAMI (July 7, 2021) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is strengthening its collaboration with one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to promote sustainable tourism throughout the Caribbean and bolster its efforts to keep the region’s waters healthy and thriving.   “The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed two […]


MIAMI (June 21, 2021) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) have teamed up to strengthen the relationship between travel advisors and the region.   The partnership between the two organizations is intended to generate synergies in areas such as advocacy, information exchange, and cross-organizational membership. […]

Interventions Needed to Accelerate Caribbean Tourism’s Recovery

MIAMI (June 6, 2021) – While Caribbean tourism industry stakeholders are encouraged by growing signs of a recovery on the horizon, and most businesses have reopened or are planning to, many tourism-related businesses will remain challenged to return to pre-pandemic employment and operation levels.   Lost revenue, little measure of recovery support and stimulus, coupled […]

Health Safety Diligence and Vaccines Key to Caribbean’s Tourism Recovery

MIAMI (April 22, 2021) – The Caribbean COVID-19 Tourism Task Force is calling for continued diligence and adherence to public health safety protocols and encourages all tourism-related stakeholders who are able to do so to be vaccinated as vaccines become available. The Caribbean has generally been successful in containing the virus over the past year […]

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Launches “Forward Together” Initiative

Engaged membership is essential for the region’s recovery and sustainability   MIAMI, Florida (March 21, 2021) — As the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry continues to respond and adapt to challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the region’s leading association representing the interests of the private sector, […]

Caribbean Tourism Leader Lauds Women’s Contributions to Fighting COVID-19

MIAMI, Florida (March 6, 2021) – Caribbean women are being celebrated for their tremendous efforts in helping the region’s countries and territories combat and recover from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.   In a statement marking International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel […]

CHTA Asks Canadian Government to Reverse Harmful COVID-19 Travel Requirement

MIAMI (January 9, 2021) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), which represents the Caribbean’s biggest industry, has made its case to the Government of Canada to reconsider new pandemic testing rules that will strain already stressed Caribbean public health systems and cause further damage to the region’s economy.   From January 7, 2021, Canada […]

CHTA Leader Frank Comito Transitions From Trade Association Leadership Role

Travel trade veteran Vanessa Ledesma takes over as Acting CEO and Director General MIAMI (January 4, 2021) – Frank Comito has stepped down as CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) after guiding the association through the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, several devastating hurricanes and numerous global challenges impacting […]

CHTA President Predicts Rapid Return of Caribbean Tourism

Pablo Torres Salutes ‘Countless Health Heroes’ SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (December 31, 2020) – Pablo Torres, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), predicted the Caribbean will see a return of tourism to the region, “faster than many parts of the world,” thanks to the protocols and partnerships implemented throughout the region […]


MIAMI, Florida (October 16, 2020) – Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton general manager Pablo Jose Torres Sojo has been elected president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).   A veteran of the hospitality industry, he takes over from Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass who for the past two years presided over the association, which represents the […]