Virgin Holidays was the first private organization to establish a corporate scholarship program through the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Foundation.


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.


“Being the recipient of the scholarship grant from CHTAEF has enriched my life. … I am eternally indebted to CHTAEF for making my dreams a reality.”


Over 750 hospitality professionals training in 2019 alone!


Developing meaningful programs for today’s Caribbean hospitality professionals.


Over $2.5 million in scholarships awarded

Support the CHTA Education Foundation Raffle and be entered for a prize of a 4-days/3-nights all-inclusive at Sunset at the Palms, in Negril, Jamaica.

MIAMI (June 10, 2021) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is continuing its fundraising activities to help develop and promote the careers of as many Caribbean hospitality students and professionals as possible, this time teaming up with Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica.

The foundation’s fundraising has been supporting training and education initiatives for hospitality professionals in the region since 1986.

Sunset at the Palms, a treehouse-style, adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel in Negril, Jamaica, donated a 4-days/3-nights all-inclusive stay to support ongoing hospitality training programs.

“The support from the region continues to grow strong. Sunset at the Palms joins a growing list of amazing resorts from the Caribbean that have donated stay packages benefiting CHTAEF initiatives,” says the foundation’s chair, Karolin Troubetzkoy. “We are starting to hit our stride and the goal is to make this a more regular occurrence. Stay tuned for more great raffles and heartfelt thank you to Sunset at the Palms for their donation and commitment towards hospitality careers in the region.”

Raffle tickets for the Sunset at the Palms prize draw begin at US$55. The drawing closes on Tuesday, June 25. To participate, visit

CHTAEF invests all proceeds supporting scholars in accredited academic programs in US, Europe and the Caribbean to develop the next generation of Caribbean tourism success stories while creating programs for current industry staff and managers which energize and elevate their professional development and growth. Funds raised by the foundation helped train more than 750 hospitality staff in 2019 and have provided more than 80 scholarships in the past five years.

The hospitality industry is critical for the Caribbean, drawing millions of visitors every year and creating more employment, advancement opportunities and earnings than any other industry in the region. CHTAEF training programs and scholarships help to empower staff and provide opportunities for advancement for the hardworking staff upon whom the industry relies.

About Sunset at the Palms

Sunset at the Palms, a treehouse-style, adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel in Negril, Jamaica, offers a full sensory experience for those who are seeking rest and relaxation. The exotic tropical resort touches the senses with its natural beauty, garden setting, superior food, private beach and guest services. Now in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Sunset at the Palms has been rated by both and as one of the Top 10 most Romantic Resorts and one of the Top 10 All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean. The resort is also ranked as Best Boutique Hotel by and was just named a 2016 Best of +VIP Access property by Expedia. This chic and intimate hideaway is perfect for discerning guests seeking the most blissful beach experience in Jamaica. For more information about Sunset at the Palms, visit

About CHTA Education Foundation

CHTAEF was established in 1986 as an independent nonprofit offering tax-exempt status for donations. As part of its mission, CHTAEF provides people throughout the Caribbean region with an awareness of the varied career opportunities in the industry, as well as technical and professional development through scholarships, special assistance initiatives and other training programs. The Education Foundation has awarded more than US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.

CHTAEF volunteer trustees administer one of the largest scholarship programs available in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry. Funds for these scholarships and grants are generated from corporate sponsorships, benefit auctions and special events.

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