MIAMI, Florida (August 5, 2016) – Gerard “Jerry” Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes
Travel Guide, known and esteemed for his innovations and relationships in
the tourism, hospitality, and entertainment communities, will be the
keynote speaker opening up the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum
(CHIEF) in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October 2, 2016.
Inzerillo, who has a deep well of experience upon which to draw, will
address the role the Caribbean plays in global tourism.
During his extensive career, Inzerillo helped to develop some of the world’s
most famous hospitality brands such as Atlantis, One&Only Resorts and Ian
Schrager Hotels, and held leadership roles with Four Seasons and Hilton
Hotels & Resorts.
Inzerillo was also a major player in the entertainment industry as president
and CEO of IMG Artists, a global leader in artist management, performing
arts and lifestyle events planning, managing the careers of more than 500
artists and producing 25,000 musical and lifestyle events annually.
“I look forward to being a part of these important Caribbean conversations,” said Inzerillo, who will share how the
region can rise to the challenges presented by the evolving hospitality and tourism landscape, and capitalize on
exciting new opportunities.
Prior to IMG, Inzerillo was president of Kerzner Entertainment Group, where he raised the visibility of the company
and the profile of its properties in the Bahamas, Dubai, the Indian Ocean, Mexico, Morocco, Africa, Mauritius and
Maldives. Inzerillo oversaw the production and launch of several legendary properties, including the opening of the
billion-dollar Phase III of Atlantis in the Bahamas in May 2007 and the $1.5 billion Atlantis-Dubai on Palm Island in
2008, which received worldwide media coverage and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. He also served as
chief operating officer of Sun City, the unique South African resort complex built by Sol Kerzner.
As founding president of the Morgans Hotel Group, later rebranded Ian Schrager Hotels, he conceptualized,
opened and positioned such avant-garde properties as Morgans, Royalton and Paramount in New York; the historic
Delano in Miami Beach; and Mondrian in Los Angeles.
The Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) will be held at the El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria
Resort, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
CHIEF incorporates a variety of educational tracks led by experts from many travel, tourism and hospitality
industry segments, and features round table panels with one-on-one discussions on Environmental Sustainability,
Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Technology. CHIEF is staged by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
(CHTA) in conjunction with host sponsors the Bonnier Corporation, Interval International and JetBlue Getaways;
platinum sponsor Travelzoo; and gold sponsors AskMe Inc., Clear Channel Airports Division, Johnson Controls,
OBM International, Oracle Hospitality, Rainmaker, SiteMinder, STR, TravAlliance Media, Tropical Shipping and TSA
Solutions. For additional information about CHIEF, visit www.chtachief.com or call +1 305 443-3040.