The newly elected president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is Pablo Jose Torres Sojo, general manager of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan.
Torres, who will serve a two-year term, succeeds Patricia Alfonso-Dass, general manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados.
Torres served as the CHTA's fifth vice president and was a member of its executive committee, the association's core decision-making body. A former director and vice president of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, Torres also served as chairman of the board of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association and currently leads its General Managers & Owners Committee.
He has held key leadership positions throughout the Caribbean and Latin America with several hotel brands, including Starwood, InterContinental and Four Seasons. Prior to his current post at the Caribe Hilton, he was general manager at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau.
"I am confident that we will see our sector and the region's main economic driver emerge from this pandemic crisis much stronger, much like we saw Puerto Rico's tourism industry make a dramatic comeback following Hurricane Maria in 2017," Torres said.
Frank Comito, the CHTA's CEO and director general, said that Torres' past experience with local associations and on-the-ground challenges like storms and hurricanes, Zika and now Covid-19,"have prepared him to take on this important role as the industry works its way out of the pandemic."