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4th Caribbean Hospitality Investment Conference, November 13-14, 2014 Announced; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana

( July 10, 2014– The 4th annual Caribbean Hospitality Investment Conference and Operations Summit (CHICOS) will be held Nov. 13-14, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel&Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and is co-hosted for the second consecutive year by the Caribbean Hotel&Tourism Association (CHTA), representing over 600 Caribbean hotels, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), representing over 30 Caribbean governments, and HVS, the leading global hospitality consulting firm.

“With HVS’s strength in appealing to the leading investors, developers and brands in the Caribbean and with CHTA and CTO’s ability to gather the region’s governmental and private sector leadership, our partnership for CHICOS is truly the perfect marriage,” explains Mr. Parris E. Jordan, managing director of HVS in the Caribbean and executive director of the CHICOS conference.

“CHICOS has become renowned for pulling together the key industry investors, operators and movers and shakers in the region, and thus has established itself as the official and leading hospitality and tourism investment conference for the Caribbean,” Jordan added.

Since its launch in 2011, CHICOS has brought together international investors and operators as well as leading decision makers. The 2013 edition of CHICOS saw a record number 300-plus top executives from regional and international hotel and real estate groups based in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, China, and the United States. Also attending and speaking are governmental representatives, and international industry and opinion leaders, discussing the region’s markets, developments and opportunities.

CHICOS 2014 will also focus on international investment in the Caribbean, highlighting diverse speakers and panels to encourage new and vibrant discussion and even debate. CHICOS provides an excellent platform for delegates to share views, observations, ideas, and proposed strategies for overcoming challenges in the region.

CHICOS 2014 will feature panels of investors. As the Caribbean market continues to benefit from the recovery, investors are actively seeking opportunities with renewed interest. CHICOS will also welcome panelists from the major banks including CIBC FirstCaribbean Investment Bank, which finance projects throughout the region, to alternative lenders who are seeking new possibilities as the Caribbean’s hotel market performance continues to strengthen year over year.

According to Jeffrey S. Vasser, CHA, Director General and CEO of CHTA, “We are delighted that CHICOS has become the ‘must-attend’ event for everyone in the hospitality industry as well as the investment and development communities.

Adds Karl Bulot, General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel&Casino Punta Cana, which will serve as the location of the conference, “Here at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana, we are proud to be a part of this prestigious industry conference."

For more information about CHICOS, visit

About HVS: HVS is the world’s leading consulting and services organization focused on the hotel, mixed-use, shared ownership, gaming, and leisure industries. HVS principals are regarded as the leading experts in their respective regions of the globe. Through a network of more than 30 offices and 450 professionals, HVS provides an unparalleled range of complementary services for the hospitality industry. Superior Results through Unrivalled Hospitality Intelligence. Everywhere.

About CHTA: The Caribbean Hotel&Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members. CHTA, including the events staged by the association, is supported by Strategic Partners MasterCard, Interval International , OBM International, HVS, Tambourine and TravelZoo..

About CTO: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities. The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology, advocacy and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.

Leora Lanz LHL Communications 516-680-8529

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