Global Travel Experts and Local Award-Winning Hoteliers Line Up for CHIEF 2016

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Global Travel Experts and Local Award-Winning Hoteliers Line Up for CHIEF 2016

This year’s Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) presenters include some of the industry’s biggest brands, including Marriott Hotels’ Diana Plazas, Vice President
Brand, Marketing & Digital for Latin America & the Caribbean, as well as Veronica Stoddart, the
former Travel Editor of USA Today who serves as Executive Editor in Residence at Percepture
Travel whose President René Mack will also attend the regional parley.

In addition to Gerard “Jerry” Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, who will keynote the
opening of the event, CHIEF attendees will hear from Duane Vinson, STR Vice President and
Assistant Director of the STR SHARE Center; Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director, Bay Gardens
Resorts and President, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association; Shawn Sullivan, Policy Lead for
Central America and the Caribbean for AirBnB; and Ting Ting Yan, Senior Marketing Strategist at

Umang Gupta, President of JetBlue Getaways and Sara Lindenfeld, Sustainability Analyst with
JetBlue Airways also join the line-up of speakers along with Kerry Cannon, Managing Director,
MMGY Global. Some of the regional industry leaders who will share their expertise and best
practices are: Ewald Biemans, Managing Director/Owner, Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts in
Aruba; Stuart Bowe, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Atlantis, Paradise Island in the
Bahamas; Scott Hart, General Manager, Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands;
Roseanne Myers, General Manager of Atlantis Submarines and Chairman of the Barbados Hotel
and Tourism Association; and Karen Whitt, General Manager, The Palms in Turks & Caicos.