As you may all know, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) celebrates its 65th Anniversary in June 2017. We will be updating you shortly on our plans to celebrate this milestone and using this space to look back on the development of the Association over the years.
The Association was established in 1952 as the Barbados Hotel Association (BHA)., Its the first hotel association in the Caribbean. It was governed by a committee of management which comprised of a group of tourism pioneers who determined that tourism was a viable sector within the Barbados economy which needed to be formalised.
The BHA worked closely with the Publicity Committee, a governmental committee responsible for all matters related to tourism. At this time tourism was not formally recognised as an industry. In 1960, facilitated by the BHA, the Publicity Committee became the Barbados Tourism board (renamed the Barbados Tourism Authority, now the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.).
FOUNDERSChairman: Winston B. Ward - Paradise beach Club