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Published on June 5, 2017


THE HIGHLIGHT of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) 65th Anniversary Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 14at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, will be the honouring of industry founders.

The business segment of the meeting starts at 3:30 p.m., and will feature reports on the past year by Chairman Roseanne Myers and CEO Rudy Grant. The election of officers to serve on the Board of Directors, including Chairman Elect, Second Vice Chairman, Director of Direct Tourism Services and Director of Finance, will also occur during this session.

At the conclusion of the business segment, the 65th Anniversary Awards and Recognition Dinner is scheduled to begin at 6 p.mThis includes the feature address by Minister of Tourism and International Transport, the Hon. Richard Sealy M.P, followed by the Awards ceremony and entertainment.

Chairman Myers stated, “This year’s AGM and Awards will be a great celebration for us. Sixty-five years is a really long time for an organisation to be in existence and to be as vibrant as the BHTA has been and we really want to honor this.  So to mark this special milestone we want to pay tribute to a number of persons who have made significant contributions to the Association and the industry, including our past Presidents, Life Time Achievers, Executive Directors and partners. 

“Persons who have been founders and perhaps people have forgotten the contribution they made to pull the private sector together so that we could work hand in hand with the public sector in terms of making Barbados the destination that it has become. These are the persons we want to honour this year. We will also be paying tribute to the entertainment industry with a musical package to honour some of the artistes who have been associated with the industry over the years.”

Myers noted that the BHTA’s thrust of advocating for its members has never changed and as the Association celebrates its 65th year, it is recommitting itself to continually advocate to the benefit of the Association members and Barbados.

She said, “The country is facing some very tough economic challenges and the BHTA wants to ensure that as an organisation we continue to help the Barbadian economy, the Barbadian citizen and our own businesses, as we try to build the kind of nation that we would want to work, play, enjoy and basically raise our children in.”

The BHTA Awards Dinner is open to members of the public. For further information or reservations, please contact the Association’s Judy Wilkinson at 622-5041 or via email to judyw@bhta.org.

The 65th Anniversary celebrations start on Sunday, June 11 with a Service of Thanksgiving at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church at 9 a.m.


The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is a not for profit private sector trade association and one of the largest non-governmental associations in Barbados.  The Association exists to serve the interests of its diverse membership of over 300 tourism and non-tourism entities, both local and international and its primary goal is to facilitate the sustainable growth and development of the local tourism sector, to the benefit of its members, our country and the people of Barbados.

The Association is Governed by a Board of 12 volunteer Directors and its Chairman Roseanne Myers (formerly President), with the day-to-day operations carried out by its Secretariat headed by CEO Rudy Grant.

Although the BHTA represents over 80 per-cent of registered accommodation room stock on the island, over 60 percent of its membership base consists of non-accommodation entities, including activities and attractions, airlines, restaurants, real estate agents, tour representatives, retailers, local and international trade and consumer press, advertising and public relations agencies, technology providers, consultants, and suppliers of goods and services, consultants, cruise service providers and tourism students. 


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