St. Lucia’s prime minister and other regional and international officials with an interest in tourism are due to hold discussions on new trends in the industry at the 18th annual Africa American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit and Trade Show from July 16-19, 2014 in Miami.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and other regional officials are scheduled to speak at the event, particularly on the issue of Caribbean development and investment.
The forum will be held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and will involve sessions on under the topics: ‘Introduction to the ABC’s of Hotel Ownership’, ‘Industry Outlook’ and ‘Hotel Financing.’
New forward-thinking sessions like ‘The Power of The Purse: Women Shaping and Influencing the Hospitality Industry’ are also expected to be convened.
This year’s summit and trade show is themed “Creating Opportunities for a Diverse Generation” and according to Andy Ingraham, the chief executive officer of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), this will be highlighted throughout the event.
“It’s everything that you can expect from a summit of this magnitude, but every year we keep adding on to it to customise unique opportunities for everyone in attendance,” Ingraham said.
“We want to make sure that every year, stakeholders can leave here gaining something new from this experience that they can take with them out in their communities and businesses and build upon.”
Other speakers from the Caribbean region who will deliver remarks include Minister of State for Investments in the Bahamas Khaalis E. Rolle; Conseillere Territoriale of the Office De Tourisme de Saint Martin Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool and Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism & Sports, Anguilla, Haydn Hughes.
The summit was due to open this morning (July 16) with the NABHOOD Historically Black College or University Scholarship Deep Sea Fishing & Shark Tournament to raise money for minority hospitality students.
An orientation programme for new and prospective hotel owners, committee meetings, opening general session and a welcome reception in the evening will follow from noon.
General sessions and workshops will take place on Thursday and Friday with student workshops on Friday and Saturday morning and will be followed by the NABHOOD Career Fair and Job Expo.