Respected Caribbean hotelier Simón Suárez was named the 2017 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
Mr Suárez, vice president of Institutional Relations and Projects of Grupo Puntacana in the Dominican Republic, received the coveted honour at the opening of the third annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, hosted by CHTA, in Miami on May 2.
Mr Suárez began his professional career in the Dominican Republic tourism industry at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic in 1974. Since these early beginnings, he has served as the President of Occidental Hotels’ local operating company, Occidental Hoteles Dominicana, S. A.; Executive Vice President of Coral Hotels & Resorts; President of the Dominican Republic’s Tourism Promotion Council; Chief Development Representative – Central America and Caribbean for Hilton Hotels Corporation; and President of the Dominican Republic’s Hotel and Tourism Association.
Obrian Forde of Jus’ Sail in St. Lucia was named Caribbean Employee of the Year, while Marcia Rhoden-Morris of The Jamaica Pegasus was recognised as Caribbean Supervisor of the Year.
Lisa Hamilton of the United States Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association captured the Caribbean Association Executive of the Year Award, while Edward “Eddie” Weitz was named Allied Member of the Year.