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Contributed - The new CSHAE Board (from left): Tessie Duran Tonaco, marketing director of the Belize Hotel Association; Avril Alexander, executive director of the British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association; Gilda Gumbs Samuel, executive director of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association; Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association; Brian Frontin, CEO of the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurant and Tourism Association; Lisa Hamilton, president of the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association; Miles Mercera, president and CEO of the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association; and Clarisa Jiménez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association.

Stacy Cox elected president of hotel association executives

Caribbean tourism industry professional Stacy Cox has been elected president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) for the next two years.

Cox, who unexpectedly took the top job early last year following an unscheduled leadership change, received a full two-year mandate at the association's annual general meeting, which preceded this month's 36th Annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The CSHAE is an independent organisation aimed at advancing professional development and strengthening networking among Caribbean hotel and tourism association executives.

The association's 2018-20 executive board will be chaired by Gilda Gumbs Samuel, executive director of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association, while Brian Frontin, CEO of the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurant & Tourism Association, will serve as vice-president. Miles Mercera, president and CEO of the Curacao Hospitality & Tourism Association, will serve as treasurer, while Clarisa Jiménez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, has been appointed secretary.

Other elected CSHAE board directors include Avril Alexander, executive director of the British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association; Tessie Duran Tonaco, marketing director of the Belize Hotel Association; and Lisa Hamilton, president of the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.

Cox asserted that her mandate includes increased engagement on issues such as education and training, advocacy, airlift capacity, disaster management, and the sharing economy: "It is an honour to continue to serve the region's hotel and tourism associations and their members and focus on the many pressing issues facing the Caribbean's sustainability."

While in San Juan, hotel association executives attended their annual leadership conference, sponsored by American Resort Development Association - Resort Owners' Coalition and facilitated by Adriana Serna, the Centre for Association Leadership facilitator and communications manager of CHTA.

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