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Published on June 27, 2017


The Association elected three new members to its Board of Directors 2017/2018. They are Stephen Austin of Port St. Charles, Tammy Haynes of Island Safari and Morgan Seale of Sugar Bay Barbados.

      Stephen Austin               Morgan Seale                 Tammy Haynes

Austin, the new BHTA Chairman-Elect, grew up in the industry working with his father at Austin’s Bar and Restaurant in James Street, Bridgetown. After completing his studies at the Barbados Community College in Politics and History, Austin relocated to Martinique where he taught English for a few years.

He returned home in 1994 and secured a job in the Elegant Hotels Group at Crystal Cove Hotel as a Receptionist, moving onto Information Technology Assistant, then securing a spot in the Group’s Management Trainee programme and promotions to Assistant Food Service Manager, Food Service Delivery Manager and Acting General Manager at Turtle Beach.

The General Manager at Port St. Charles since 2005 believes in developing human resources and is dedicated to assisting team members in finding their passion in the service industry by setting goals and developing skills that will benefit the development of the Barbados tourism industry. 

Haynes, Operations Manager at Island Safari, was elected Chairperson – Direct Tourism Services. She started her career in the industry 14 years ago as a tour-guide/driver, with the then Adventureland Tours.

She states, “Coming from a science background I did not initially expect the job to be rewarding and fulfilling but the experiences and smiles over the years have solidified that my passion is to serve others. Every day I discover my love of people, culture and the nature of Barbados, more and more.”

Presently pursing a BSc in Management (Entrepreneurship) she adds, “My studies will assist me in continually playing my part and acting on my vision for the sector – to diversify its offerings in providing quality creative and innovative services that span all parts of our Barbadian community.”

Seale is the General Manager of Sugar Bay, the sister hotel to the popular Bougainvillea Beach Resort, where he spent most of his life in and around the property working and learning the trade from his family.

Son of prominent hotelier Gordon Seale, Morgan and his family oversaw the purchase, rebuild and reopening of Sugar Bay in 2015. The graduate of Western University in Canada with a Bachelors in Business specializing in Accounting & Finance is the new BHTA Chairman – A Class.

Austin, Haynes and Seale join the other members of the BHTA Board including Chairman, Roseanne Myers, Immediate Past-Chairman, Sunil Chatrani, Second Vice-Chairman, Gerry Lewis, Director of Finance, Paul Collymore, Director of Direct Tourism Services, Kavita Sandiford, Chairperson – B Class & Apartments, Robyn Gollop-Knight, Chairperson – Luxury Class, Karen Capaldi and CEO Rudy Grant.

Also on the BHTA Board are Small Hotels of Barbados Inc. (SBHI) representative, Omar Allahar, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) representative, William Griffith, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) representative, Patricia Affonso-Dass and Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) representative, Dr. Kerry Hall.

Chairman of the BHTA, Roseanne Myers, welcomed the new BHTA Directors while also thanking the retiring Directors, Allan Kinch, Vanita Comissiong and Colin Jordan, for their service to the organisation.

She also noted that past Directors Kinch and Comissiong, both served on the Board as Direct Tourism Services representatives “Even though they opted not to stand for re-election they have committed their continued support to the Association. Likewise, Colin Jordan, who has given yeoman service to the BHTA Board for 15 years, in positions including President and Director of Finance, remains a valued member of the Finance committee, even though he did not stand for re-elections due to other commitments.”


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