Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass has taken over as President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for the next two years.
Outgoing president Karolin Troubetzkoy handed over to Affonso-Dass in an emotional transition at CHTA’s AGM during which she was hailed for her personal contributions to the region during challenging times.
Affonso-Dass is pictured above left receiving the leadership gavel from Karolin Troubetzkoy.
New president Affonso-Dass, Group General Manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados, thanked Troubetzkoy for her selfless efforts leading the association, while Grenadian hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin congratulated her on her steady leadership.
“I would just like to say a sincere thank you for a job well done. I am very proud of you.”
Troubetzkoy will now serve both as Chair of CHTA as well as of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Educational Foundation (CHTAEF).
A true pan-Caribbean woman, Affonso-Dass, a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was born in Roseau, Dominica, and lived in Trinidad and Antigua before moving to Guyana where she grew up. She has made Barbados her home for the past 20 years.
Affonso-Dass has been the president of both the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and runs the Ocean Hotels group, which is a family-owned company with three unique hotels on the south coast of Barbados.
Picture courtesy of Margot Jordan