At this year’s CHTA CHIEF held in Miami, Florida, Green Globe members were once again in the winner’s circle. The Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 02nd, ended with an award ceremony featuring some the best sustainable hotels and Resorts in the Caribbean.
The honourable Sir Royston Hopkin was the keynote speaker opening the CHIEF Forum. Sir Royston is a stalwart in the Caribbean Tourism Industry and shared his personal experiences. He encouraged participants to make the most of their time at the Exchange Forum and to regard the CHTA as a ‘University without Walls’ providing valuable information and lessons for those who engage accordingly.
Green Globe Gold Member Bucuti Beach & Tara Beach, managed by Aruba’s Ewald Biemans walked away with the top award in the Environmental Sustainability Category. As the leading Green Globe property in the region it is great to see the honour bestowed for a life time of environmental conservation. Bucuti and Tara Beach also won 3rd place in the Social Responsibility category.
In 2nd place for Environmental Sustainability was Elegant Hotels Group which has five certified properties in Barbados and on hand to receive the awards was COO for the group Ms Gail Talma. Elegant Hotels Group also went on to win two more awards for: Operations 2nd place; and Sales and Marketing 2nd place, showing that true sustainability reaches all corners of the operations.
At the destination level, the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association represented by Mr Sanovnik Destang, Managing Director of the Green Globe certified Bay Gardens Resorts Group, collected two accolades: Operations 1st place, and Social Responsibility 2nd place. These were earned in connection with the establishment of the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Farmers Produce App which has seen great financial benefits to the agricultural sector by improving the supply of freshly grown local produce to hotels and resorts.