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Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association
Appoints New Executive Director


Port of Spain, TrinidadApril 8, 2011 – The President and Board of Directors of the Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Louanna Chai-Alves as the new executive director for the organization. Chai-alves officially assumed her new role on April 1, 2011.

“We take this opportunity to welcome Mrs. Chai-Alves to the THRTA family with the knowledge that our stakeholders will give her their full support as we strive to create new opportunities and build the support structures required to take our industry forward,” commented Michelle Palmer-Keizer, president of the THRTA.

With almost 20 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, Chai-Alves honed her skills at the Holiday Inn and Canadian Lake Express in Toronto, Canada, the Grafton Beach Resort in Tobago and the Normandie Hotel and Kapok Hotel in Trinidad.  Her knowledge and expertise cover a wide range of disciplines including management and development of work teams, implementation and execution of strategic plans and the administration and support of operations. No stranger to the THRTA, Chai-Alves served as first vice president and member from 1999-2002 and member of the marketing committee from 2006-2008.

Chai-Alves earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of the West Indies, Institute of Business. In addition, she has helped in the development of future tourism professionals by lecturing at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute.

 About Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association

The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association (THRTA) was formed to be the main private sector representational body for the industry performing a pivotal role between the policy makers (government), policy implementers Tourism Development Company (TDC) and the private sector. The association is governed by a Board comprising a President and ten Directors. The Board is charged with the responsibility of guiding the association's strategies and policies. For more information on THRTA, visit www.tnthotels.com or call 868.634.1174.

About Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival, the birthplace of the steel pan drum and was the host destination for the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.  Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the five-time consecutive award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards from 2003 to 2007 and 2009. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com  or www.visittobago.gov.tt or
call 800-816-7541.


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