CHTA Mourns Passing of Tourism Stalwart Richard Williams

CHTA Communications

CHTA Communications


CHTA Mourns Passing of Tourism Stalwart Richard Williams

MIAMI (November 29, 2021) – The leadership of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) lauded the late Barbadian tourism consultant Richard Williams as a giant of the region’s hospitality industry.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig said Williams’ vision elevated the storied Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados to the very summit of the world’s most luxurious hotels and focused global attention on the quality of Caribbean hotels and destinations.

Williams, who recorded many successes as a preeminent hotelier, netted several awards and was recognized as Caribbean Hotelier of the Year in 1985. Madden-Greig recalled it was his stewardship of the classic Sandy Lane Hotel, however, which cemented Williams’ international renown.

“His appointment to helm the multimillion dollar renovation of the iconic Sandy Lane in 1989, backed by his brilliant marketing and promotion, vaulted the Barbados property to its recognition as the world’s best,” recalled Madden-Greig.

She lauded his volunteer service to CHTA during which he contributed to the shape and design of Caribbean Marketplace, the Caribbean Gold Book and CHARMS (Caribbean Hotel Association Reservation Management Service). “Richard had a tremendous influence on many seasoned as well as new players in the industry. He will always be remembered for his ability to seamlessly and selflessly share his insights and knowledge with others,” the Jamaican hotelier remarked.

Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO and Director General of CHTA, added that Williams was a distinguished champion of ensuring the region’s major economic driver was also a responsible steward of the Caribbean environment: “He was a devoted proponent of responsible tourism and headed CAST (Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism), an initiative of CHTA which provides tourism enterprises with sustainability resources, best practices and provides support for the advocacy of sustainable advances within the hotel and tourism sector of the Caribbean.”

“Richard was a tireless advocate of the work of CHTA and Caribbean tourism. He always made himself available to support the important mandate of our organization. His insight and intelligence will be sorely missed,” Ledesma reflected.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations and the region’s private sector. For more than 55 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

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