As part of CHTA’s outreach program to members, Chief Executive and Director General Frank Comito recently visited Bermuda and Puerto Rico to meet with officials there.
He provided the Bermuda Hotel Association’s board with an overview of CHTA’s activities and industry performance, discussing common areas of interest and concern. Comito also met with the Deputy Premier and four cabinet ministers who were keen to discuss local and regional challenges and solutions – specifically around airlift, airport development, immigration, education and training. In addition, he updated the Chair of the Bermuda Airport Authority on airport development and met with the executive team at the Bermuda Tourism Training Institute (or Bermuda Hospitality Institute?) where he shared regional best practices. The CHTA CEO also toured close to a dozen member properties in two days, including new projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis and a new villa project overseen by former CHTA President, hotelier John Jefferies.
Comito spent a day visiting the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association earlier in the month at the invitation of outgoing Chairman Miguel Vega. He held one-on-one discussions with the membership on the importance of local and regional organizations, focusing on key challenges and opportunities facing the region and Puerto Rico. He also met with Brad Dean, CEO for the newly established Discover Puerto Rico destination marketing organization.