The 3rd Annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum began in Miami, Florida with the CHIEF Awards on June 2. Respected Caribbean hotelier Simon Suarez received the honor of being named the 2017 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Additionally, USVI Hotel & Tourism Association President Lisa Hamilton was named Caribbean Association Executive of the Year.

On day two of the forum, attendees enjoyed packed breakout sessions and exhilarating speed networking. The first general session addressed the LGBTQ challenges in the Caribbean, followed by an exciting round of breakout sessions covering topics from cost control to brand management to creating engaging content. The CHIEF speed networking session, a fast paced meet and greet that allowed hotels to meet over 20 new vendors in an hour, took place on the trade show floor.

CHIEF concluded on day three of the event with the same excitement and engagement as it began with during the presentation of the Golden Hashtag. This award is presented to the most engaged CHIEF delegate on social media. Thank you to those who attended, and we look forward to next year!