THE BARBADOS Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has named tourism industry stalwart, Dr. Hudson Husbands, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Association, for his outstanding service to Barbados’ tourism industry.
During his induction at the Association’s recent Quarterly General Meeting, new BHTA CEO Rudy Grant explained that Husbands, who has over 24 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, served as Executive Vice-President of the Association in the early 90s.
“Hudson has remained a friend, advisor and constant supporter of the BHTA over the years. An avid reader and provocative thinker, it is not unusual to get a phone call or note from him if he reads of any important innovations or possible activities that may affect the tourism industry. Indeed, he pays rapt attention to our public statements and seeks to provide constructive feedback on our pronouncements and generally on tourism matters.
“In demonstrating our appreciation of his continued interest and genuine offer of support and guidance, the Board of Directors agreed to formalize the relationship by bestowing Hudson with the honorary life time status. We intend to continue to tap into Hudson’s expertise, while allowing him the opportunity to make a continuing contribution to the Association and the tourism industry in a more formal matter.”
Accepting his membership, an emotional Husbands thanked the Association for their kind gesture and stated: “Wow! Let me say thanks to the Board but I think this presentation here today is a mistake. I should be the one giving each of you a certificate of thanks for being able to be a part of this most exhilarating ride and for having the opportunity to contribute to the livelihood of our nation.
“I have spent half of my life in this industry but this is not about me alone. It is about the institution because the institution is bigger than any of us here today. Sixty-four ears ago this Association was formed and during that time this industry has not only paid the bills but has been the breadwinner for our nation.
“During that time this industry has survived eight major international recessions, seven major international wars, endured three major pandemics and even the APD tax. At each of these challenges the industry has weathered the storm. It lost a little bit but it always bounced back stronger. God has blessed this nation and we are looking forward to more blessings.”
Dr. Husbands entered hospitality in 1988 as Director of Human Resources at Wyndham Resorts and was later recruited by Ernst & Young as Director of Consulting for the Caribbean spanning from Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago.
Over the years he has carried out resort development activity in Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Grenada and also worked as a consulting principal with Tourism Global Inc., where his portfolio included tourism development and investment promotion, strategic and market planning, organizational development, quality improvement systems, property development, financing and brokerage.
He has also conducted consulting assignments for the Inter-American Development Bank, The World Bank, The European Union and leading private sector businesses in the Caribbean.
Dr. Husbands, a former Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority, has also sat on the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Advocacy Committee and on the boards of several other companies and organisations.