Antiguans Kafi Samuels and Rachel Browne receive tourism scholarships


The recently announced professional development program for Caribbean hospitality professionals, launched by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) and Les Roches, the hospitality management institution, has named two dozen Caribbean scholarship recipients.

Designed to accelerate the trajectory of participants’ hospitality careers, the program attracted more than 150 applicants over the summer.

Eleven candidates received a joint scholarship, which covers more than 75 percent of the program cost, and Les Roches offered a 50 percent bursary to an additional 13 candidates whose qualifications and potential could not be overlooked by the evaluation committee.

Candidates were selected from across the Caribbean and include hospitality professionals from both independent hotels and globally recognized branded hotels.
Scholarship recipients hail from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos.

“The support of CHTA member hoteliers, who have encouraged their staff to apply to this executive postgraduate online program, demonstrates a strong commitment to quality tourism and excellence in the region,” said Carlos Diez de la Lastra Buigues, Managing Director of Les Roches Marbella.

Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas and St. Lucia’s Ladera Resort and Bay Gardens Resorts will add to the roster of scholars by supporting additional candidates for the program in the future, while Sandals Foundation has committed a US$10,000 donation toward the overall sustainability of the program, supporting some of the most deserving candidates across the region’s hospitality sector.

Karolin Troubetzkoy, Chair of CHTAEF, said the Foundation was delighted to live up to its mission to improve and elevate the quality of tourism professionals through education and training. “We need to make serious investments in the future leaders of our region, while ensuring that the Caribbean is known as a center of excellence in one of the largest industries in the world. And we are off to a great start with Les Roches and our region’s finest hotels and resorts,” she stated.

The full list of scholars, their nationalities and their company affiliations follows:


Anguilla: Jameel Rochester, Anguilla Tourist Board
Antigua & Barbuda: Kafi Samuels, Sandals Grande Antigua
Aruba: Mitchell Goeldjar, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
The Bahamas: Dorothy Deveaux, Atlantis Paradise Island
Bermuda: Kaven Gibbons, Rosewood Bermuda
Guyana: Gavin O’Brien, Cara Hotels
Jamaica: Stephen Fagan, Sandals Resorts International
St. Kitts & Nevis: Shelda Webster, Timothy Beach Resort
St. Lucia: Yvette Henry, Ladera Resort
St. Lucia: Lucia Poleon, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Trinidad & Tobago: Curtis Lee, Beaches Resorts


Antigua & Barbuda: Rachel Browne, Hermitage Bay
The Bahamas: Bradley Babbs, Atlantis Paradise Island
Barbados: Shari Best, Mount Irvine Bay Resort
Barbados & Trinidad: Rehana Dorsett, Atlantis Paradise Island
Jamaica: Noshane King, Norwegian Cruise Line
Puerto Rico: Sonya Marrero, Ladera Resort
St. Kitts & Nevis: Shelisia Glasford, Park Hyatt St. Kitts
St. Lucia: Richie Marcellin, Ladera Resort
St. Lucia: Unice Calixte, Bay Gardens Resorts
Trinidad & Tobago: Julia Harripaul, Canouan Estate Resort & Villas
Trinidad & Tobago: Alaina Francois, Cara Hotels
Trinidad & Tobago: Jessyka Gabriel, Mondrian Doha
Turks & Caicos: Karen King, Point Grace Resort

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