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Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association Committee Chairs

PRHTA committees are composed of hard-working volunteers. They are the backbone of our organization and the means by which our goals can be accomplished. We encourage members to participate and support them.

Allied Committee

Forum for the discussion of issues of particular importance to Allied members. Presents recommendations and suggestions to the Association based on its broad expertise and experience.

Chair:  Carmen Portela,  Local Guest

Association Governance Committee

Oversees issues and procedures related to the governance of the Association.

Chair: Noel Vera, Luxury Resorts

Casino Committee

Deals with all aspects and common issues of casino operations and legislation. Responsible for the development of casino personnel training.

Chair:  TBA

Conservation Committee

Seeks ways to solve important issues affecting the tourism industry in environmental awareness, the control of stray animals and more, in coordination with other groups and organizations.

Chair: Eddie Ramirez, Casa Sol Bed & Breakfast

Human Resources Committee

Works with members’ human resources representatives in issues such as salaries, benefits and the latest labor law legislation. Creates programs to improve professionalism of the tourism work force, particularly through the organization of seminars and through its relationship with educational institutions.

Chair: Olga Martínez, El Conquistador Resort

People Development Committee

Works with members’ human resources and training representatives to create and coordinate programs to improve professionalism of the tourism work force.

Chair:  Ginoris Santiago, Caribe Hilton Hotel


Executive Committee

Pablo Torres, Caribe Hilton; Sam Basu, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino; Miguel Vega, HI Development; José González Espinosa, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino;  Aida Ramírez, CPA, Kevane Grant Thornton;  Noel Vera Ramírez , Luxury Resorts, José González Espinosa, San Juan Marriott Resort & Casino  and Clarisa Jiménez, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association

Government Affairs Committee

Keeps abreast of legislation affecting the tourism industry. Develops and recommends legislation of benefit to the common interest.

Chair: Miguel Vega, HI Development

 

General Manager's and Owners Committee

Discuss current challenges facing hotel and other lodging facilities:  marketing, operational costs, security and destination quality.  

Chair:  Sam Basu, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
Co-Chair:  Nils Stolzlechner, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar


Marketing Committee

Forum for the discussion and implementation of action aimed at improving our ability to market Puerto Rico as a visitor destination and to increase wholesalers' room nights production.

Chair:  Letty Rivero, Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel

Membership Committee

Forum for the discussion of issues of particular importance to attract members to the Association. Presents recommendations and suggestions to the Association based on its broad expertise and experience.

Chair:  Charlotte Ware, TrueBlue Hospitality

Restaurant Committee

Medium for restaurant members to explore those issues that can help them be more effective and profitable in their businesses.

Chair: TBA

Security Committee
 

Maintains direct communication with the police force in the tourism areas and other state and federal agencies.  Looks after the strengthening of the security to our visitors by means of monthly meetings to discuss special situations and alleviate potential problems.

Chair:  Carlos Martínez, CM Hotel Security Consultant

Transportation Committee

Keeps up-to-date on situations affecting ground transportation. Recommends policies and procedures for the continuous improvement of this sector.

Chair: TBA

Porta Caribe / Porta del Sol Region

Holds regular meetings to discuss the needs and issues of the Porta Caribe region and its members.

Chair: Tomás Ramirez, Combate Beach Resort

Vieques and Culebra Region

Gathers to discuss issues concerning this region and to monitor their development as it relates to tourism and hospitality.

Chair: Laine Gorman, The Blok