Acting CEO Message | June 2024

As I settle back at my desk after a very productive and successful set of activities for and around Caribbean Travel Marketplace #42 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, this message provides an excellent opportunity to share with you – industry peer and a CHTA stakeholder – a few important points to ensure that you and the […]

CHTA Opens Applications for the Young Leaders Forum: Shaping Tomorrow’s Hospitality Innovators

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 25, 2024) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is now accepting applications for the next session of its transformative Young Leaders Forum (YLF). The program, developed by former CHTA President and Barbados hotelier Affonso-Dass, focuses on developing the next generation of the Caribbean hospitality industry and empowering the region’s […]

CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace to introduce new features in Jamaica

CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace to introduce new features in Jamaica

President Nicola Madden-Greig reports strong buyer interest in landmark tourism meeting KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 18, 2024) – The 42nd staging of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Center from May 20-23, 2024, will feature new new additions and three dedicated tracks, promising […]

CHTA Partners with Caribbean Maritime University to Enhance Workforce Skills

CHTA and CMU Join Forces to Strengthen the Region’s Tourism Sector KINGSTON, Jamaica (February 4, 2024) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has formalized a significant partnership with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This collaborative effort aims to enhance the skill levels of people […]

Newsletter July 2022 – Industry Data

Caribbean stopover arrivals continue to show positive growth. At the time of writing seven major destinations have published their stopover arrival numbers through the end of May 2022 and compared with the same five months of 2019, five of the seven continue to show strong signs of recovery. The Dominican Republic saw its 2022 year […]

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 […]

Experts to examine Caribbean tourism and economic recovery this Friday

MIAMI, Florida (December 8, 2020) – Strategies for the quick recovery of Caribbean economies from the devastation wrought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will be discussed by regional and global stakeholders at a virtual forum hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and the Global Tourism Resilience […]


Tributes pour in following the passing of Professor Heinz Simonitsch, CD   MIAMI (July 20, 2020) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) saluted legendary hotelier Professor Heinz Simonitsch, CD, who passed away over the weekend, as the foremost pioneer of sustainable tourism development in the region.   “Professor Heinz was a pioneer in […]


A joint editorial by Frank J. Comito, CEO and Director General, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); and Brian D. Frontin, President, Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) and CEO, Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association (THRTA)   <span MIAMI (July 12, 2020) — The nonprofit tourism associations of the Caribbean are integral to the region’s […]


By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow MIAMI (April 11, 2020) – Young leaders of the Caribbean tourism sector are throwing their support behind calls to heed the advice of public health officials to stay at home so that the region’s leading economic sector can rebound quickly once the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic […]