Priority focus given to six destinations impacted by recent hurricanes
MIAMI, Florida (January 10, 2018) – Sparked by the need to assist Caribbean tourism industry
workers impacted by last fall’s hurricanes, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
has created a “jobs bank” to match candidates with tourism-related employment
The jobs bank, which was launched last month, has already assisted a number of individuals
from hurricane impacted destinations find new employment opportunities in the region and
the United States. The initiative is made possible by the Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund, a
partnership between CHTA and the Tourism Cares organization.
CHTA’s CEO and Director General Frank Comito explained the new platform is open to all CHTA
member hotel industry professionals at all levels across the hospitality sector. While the focus is
on assisting the temporarily or permanently unemployed from the affected destinations, it is a
“While the jobs bank has been created to serve an immediate and urgent need, our intention is
for it to become the permanent go-to resource for career opportunities at every level in
Caribbean hospitality – from line cook to general manager,” stated Comito as he urged hotels
throughout the region and elsewhere to post vacancies.
He explained that in the near term it is CHTA’s hope that those displaced employees from the
region’s six destinations most impacted by the hurricanes will be able to take advantage of the
time to keep their skills fresh and that employers will utilize the service. “We are confident that
those employers, who contract with an impacted employee for the season or while their home
hotel is under refurbishment, will realize tremendous value in their expertise while helping to
mitigate the hardship employees are experiencing.”
Comito predicted that in the not too distant future, destinations in the region that were
impacted by the recent hurricanes will emerge with a new, fresh and exciting tourism product
matched by a motivated, energized and highly professional workforce. He said CHTA, the local
industry and the local hotel and tourism associations will roll out training initiatives in the
months ahead to help sharpen the skills of Caribbean hospitality professionals.
The tourism chief affirmed that most of the Caribbean was not impacted by the recent
hurricanes and is, in fact, experiencing a strong tourism season and outlook, providing an
incentive for hoteliers to draw on qualified professionals from within the region.
CHTA continues to advocate for the unfettered movement of qualified tourism industry
professionals throughout the entire region. Comito pointed to facilities in the Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States where nationals are able move and work freely, and in the U.S.
territories where most residents of the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, for
example, can work within each jurisdiction and the United States without a visa or work permit
Through the online jobs bank, CHTA has simplified the process for both employers and
employees to post and respond to vacancies. The site is accessible