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

Miami, FL, December 19, 2018 – Interval International, a prominent worldwide
provider of vacation services, and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
Education Foundation (CHTAEF) recently hosted three days of education workshops in
Aruba. The seminars, which were designed to provide training and development for the
nearly 70 hospitality industry employees from 14 Aruba-based resorts who attended,
were underwritten in part by a $20,000 donation made to the Foundation by Interval
and participating member resorts earlier this year.

“Interval is proud to join with its resort affiliates to support the new training
initiatives,” said Neil Kolton, Interval’s director of business development for the
Caribbean and Southeast U.S. and CHTAEF board member. “The Caribbean is a
leading destination for vacation owners, so our investment in the professional
development of its hospitality associates is critically important.”

“For nearly 20 years, Interval and its member resorts have provided funds for
college scholarships for hundreds of Caribbean students,” said Karolin Troubetzkoy,
CHTAEF chairman. “Their ongoing support now enables us to launch this new
certification program that will train hospitality staff members in core skill sets and
elevate the quality of operations across the region.”

Tracy Bell, CHTAEF administrator, presented certificates to workshop
participants at the graduation ceremony. She was joined by Ronella Tin Asjoe-Croes,
Aruba Tourism Authority CEO; Andy Osbourne, Aruba Timeshare Association interim
president; and Kolton. Dyane Vis-Escalona, Aruba Tourism Authority business
manager, also participated in the event, highlighting the importance of continued
training for tourism professionals.

The CHTAEF 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
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 2000, Interval and its resort partners have donated
approximately $450,000 to the CHTAEF for the education of Caribbean nationals.

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 nearly 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 15 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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