About our Association

The Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association 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.

Members of the Association comprise hotels, restaurants and companies that provide goods and services to the industry.

The benefits of membership in the THRTA include the following:

  • Effective lobbying for tourism (Tourism Development Fund, TTTIC Certification and the TTBS Accommodation Standard, Hotel and Guesthouse Room Upgrade Incentive Project)
  • Opportunities for members to network and display their goods and services at General Meetings
  • Marketing coordination and facilitation.
  • Product development and tourism awareness programmes
  • Research and data collection on tourism development (Smith Travel Report)
  • Inclusion on the THRTA’s social media platforms (new website, Facebook, blogs etc)
  • Affiliation with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
  • Support of student/industry scholarship applications (Trinidad and Tobago receives every year scholarships from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Education Foundation Scholarship Program. In 2013 we received six scholarships)
  • Benefit from Grant funded projects (co-funded participation at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Marketplace in Bahamas in January 2013; co-funded promotional video production for ten hotel members)
  • Member representation at travel trade shows (for members who are not able to fund attendance at major trade shows like WTM and other international events in which the Tourism Development Company participates)
  • Established strategic alliance with Regatta Travel Solution to provide the THRTA with a collective booking engine for members through the creation of the booktrinidadnow.com website.
  • Aid in the development of the food and beverage sector through the training and development of the National Culinary Team for regional and international culinary competitions.

Mission

To provide benefits and services to its members by creating a business environment conducive to tourism development, and by influencing government policies and legislation, which in turn stimulate investment, profitability and a competitive rate of return.

Roles and Functions

Board of Directors

THRTA is governed by a Board of Directors whose mandate is to formulate policy and strategies.
The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting held every two years in June/July. Under the By Laws of the THRTA, ten members are elected – six active members and four are allied members. The TTHTI is the eleventh member of the Board. The immediate Past President is the twelfth member of the Board.

THRTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012-2014
Mr. Andrew Welch—President, Banwari Experience
Mr. Joe Brown—1st Vice President, Jaffa at the Oval
Mr. Barry Bidaisee-2nd Vice President, The Cascadia Hotel & Conference Centre
Mr. Hassel Thom-Immediate Past President, Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre
Mr. Leroy Browne—Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre
Mrs. Lisa Shandilya – The Chancellor Hotel & Conference Centre
Mrs. Valerie Murphy-Rahman—Caribbean Airlines
Mr. Russell George— Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Mr. Raymond Chin Lee- Hotel Normandie
Ms. Annette de Verteuil- Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel
Mr. Kwame Blanchfield-Republic Bank ltd, Credit Card Centre
Dr. Patricia Butcher-Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute
Mr. William Aguiton – Honorary Director
Mr. John Bell – Honorary Director

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is headed by a Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for directing and administering the business of the Association, and an Executive Assistant.

Chief Executive Officer – Brian Frontin
Executive Assistant – Michelle Young

Committees:

Much of the work of the THRTA is accomplished though committees chaired and comprised of members. These committees work to provide greater benefits to all members in key areas:

  1. Marketing
  2. Advocacy
  3. Culinary
  4. Public Relations
  5. Membership
  6. Revenue Generation

Annual General Meeting:

THRTA holds its AGM once per year to update membership on the Association’s activities as well as to vote for key officers (every two years).

Achievements

  1. Effective lobbying for tourism. THRTA has played an influential role in the establishment of the Tourism Development Fund; TTTIC Certification and the TTBS Accommodation Standard Hotel and Guesthouse Room Upgrade Incentive Project
  2. Research and data collection on tourism development – The association works with the Smith Travel Research organization to collect data in tourism and travel that benefit the sector.
  3. Digital/social media advancement – We have developed a new website, Facebook page and blogs which enables better communication and member interaction
  4. Facilitation of student/industry scholarship applications: Trinidad and Tobago receives every year scholarships from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Education Foundation Scholarship Program. In 2013 we received six scholarships.
  5. Grant funding: The THRTA co-funded participation at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Marketplace in Bahamas in January 2013; we also co-funded promotional video production for ten hotel members.
  6. Strategic Alliances: THRTA established a strategic alliance with Regatta Travel Solution to provide the THRTA with a collective booking engine for members through the creation of the booktrinidadnow.com website.
  7. Aid in the development of the food and beverage sector through the training and development of the National Culinary Team for regional and international culinary competitions.

 

Strategic Partners

Our partners all play a role in supporting the goals and objectives of the THRTA. They include:

  1. Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) – http://www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com/
    The CHTA, founded in 1962, represents the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry’s private sector including 36 national hotel associations across the Caribbean region, over 600 hotel members with approximately 91,000 rooms, and more than 300 supplier companies represented as ‘Allied’ members.
  2. The Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) – http://www.hospitalitytnt.com
  3. Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) – http://www.ttcsi.org/home/
    The TTCSI is a national umbrella body that brings together all services sector organizations and associations. It is an alliance of professional services associations and organizations. It will function as a focal point to lobby, channel and address trade in services issues and services development issues, which are critical for the sector to thrive in the competitive global environment.
    TTCSI is also the local institution responsible for issuing the CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AS A CARICOM SERVICE PROVIDER in Trinidad and Tobago.
  4. The Caribbean Export Development Agency – www.carib-export.com
    Caribbean Export is the only regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.
  5. The Ministry of Tourism – http://www.tourism.gov.tt/
    To fully develop Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism industry by the sustainable development and aggressive promotion of an innovative, differentiated, high value, internationally competitive visitor experience, supported by strong recognition, public and private sector partnership and a positive cultural transformation.
  6. The TDC – http://www.tdc.co.tt/
    The TDC is committed to establishing and implementing standards for the development and maintenance of tourism infrastructure and amenities, as well as standards for all identified tourist sites and attractions.