INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL AND MEMBER RESORTS DONATE NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OVER FIFTEEN YEARS TO CHTA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services together with their participating member resorts donated nearly half a million dollars over the last 15 years.

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Miami, FL, January 2020 – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, and participating member resorts donated $20,000 to the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation, raising the total to nearly half a million dollars to  support education and professional development over the last 15 years. The check was presented during the annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace held recently in The Bahamas.

 “We are very appreciative of our resort clients’ unwavering commitment to the education of Caribbean nationals. They have contributed to this worthy cause since we began our fundraising efforts and it is because of their ongoing support that we are able to continue to provide these annual donations,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of business development for the Caribbean and Southeast U.S. and CHTA Education Foundation board member. “Together, we have had a positive impact on the region by helping to raise the bar of overall service levels.”

The CHTA Education Foundation provides scholarships to individuals pursuing higher education in the hospitality industry, as well as professional development workshops for resort staff members interested in advancing their careers.

“The financial support Interval and its member resorts have provided to the foundation directly benefits Caribbean students and tourism employees who want to further their education and enhance their on-the-job training,” said Karolin Troubetzkoy, CHTA Education Foundation chairman. “Their generous contributions have helped many realize their dreams of working in Caribbean-based resorts and other tourism related jobs.”

The following participating member resorts contributed to the CHTA Education Foundation:

·       Aruba – Aruba Beach Club Resort, Caribbean Palm Village Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort, Costa Linda Beach Resort, La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino, La Quinta Beach Resort, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, and Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

·       The Bahamas – Harborside at Atlantis

·       Barbados – Ocean Two Resort & Residences

·       Bermuda – The St. George’s Club

·       Cayman Islands – Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Seven Mile Beach Resort

·       Curaçao – The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort

·       Mexican Caribbean – Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort

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·       Puerto Rico – Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach, Aquarius Vacation Club® at Dorado del Mar, and Azul ESJ Collection

·       St. John, USVI – Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club

·       St. Kitts – Marriott’s St. Kitt’s Beach Club

·       St. Lucia – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa

·       St. Maarten – Oyster Bay Beach Resort, The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, and The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa

The CHTA Education Foundation was established in 1986 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization through which scholarships and special assistance are made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism. As part of its mission, it provides people throughout the region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development. Since its inception, the CHTA Education Foundation has awarded more than US$2.5 million in scholarships and grants.

About Interval International

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval’s exchange network comprises more than 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 13 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.

Miami, FL, January 2020 – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, and participating member resorts donated $20,000 to the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation, raising the total to nearly half a million dollars to  support education and professional development over the last 15 years. The check was presented during the annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace held recently in The Bahamas.

 “We are very appreciative of our resort clients’ unwavering commitment to the education of Caribbean nationals. They have contributed to this worthy cause since we began our fundraising efforts and it is because of their ongoing support that we are able to continue to provide these annual donations,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of business development for the Caribbean and Southeast U.S. and CHTA Education Foundation board member. “Together, we have had a positive impact on the region by helping to raise the bar of overall service levels.”

The CHTA Education Foundation provides scholarships to individuals pursuing higher education in the hospitality industry, as well as professional development workshops for resort staff members interested in advancing their careers.

“The financial support Interval and its member resorts have provided to the foundation directly benefits Caribbean students and tourism employees who want to further their education and enhance their on-the-job training,” said Karolin Troubetzkoy, CHTA Education Foundation chairman. “Their generous contributions have helped many realize their dreams of working in Caribbean-based resorts and other tourism related jobs.”

The following participating member resorts contributed to the CHTA Education Foundation:

·       Aruba – Aruba Beach Club Resort, Caribbean Palm Village Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort, Costa Linda Beach Resort, La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino, La Quinta Beach Resort, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, and Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

·       The Bahamas – Harborside at Atlantis

·       Barbados – Ocean Two Resort & Residences

·       Bermuda – The St. George’s Club

·       Cayman Islands – Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Seven Mile Beach Resort

·       Curaçao – The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort

·       Mexican Caribbean – Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort

-more-

INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL AND MEMBER RESORTS DONATE NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OVER FIFTEEN YEARS TO CHTA EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Page 2

·       Puerto Rico – Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach, Aquarius Vacation Club® at Dorado del Mar, and Azul ESJ Collection

·       St. John, USVI – Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club

·       St. Kitts – Marriott’s St. Kitt’s Beach Club

·       St. Lucia – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa

·       St. Maarten – Oyster Bay Beach Resort, The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, and The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa

The CHTA Education Foundation was established in 1986 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization through which scholarships and special assistance are made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism. As part of its mission, it provides people throughout the region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development. Since its inception, the CHTA Education Foundation has awarded more than US$2.5 million in scholarships and grants.

About Interval International

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval’s exchange network comprises more than 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 13 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.

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