Friday,  January 27, 2023  10:07 pm

Stacy Cox elected president of Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives


Stacy Cox elected president of Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives
Stacy Cox, newly-elected president of the CSHAE, speaks at this year's 36th annual CHTA Marketplace in San Juan, Puerto Rico. photo: Christine Hogg for PAXnews.com

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.

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

chsea.jpg 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 U.S. 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.

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 Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association, will serve as Treasurer, while Clarisa Jimenez, 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 U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.

Cox asserted her mandate includes increased engagement on issues such as education and training, advocacy, airlift capacity, disaster management and the sharing economy: "It is an honor 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."

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