Neil Forrester Biography

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Neil Forrester graduated from the University of Aston in Birmingham with a BSc Combined Honours in Business Administration and French. A University internship introduced him to the hospitality industry with Hilton International in Paris and has now been in this industry for nearly 35 years. After a debut in finance which led him from Hilton International to the luxury 5-star Hotel Le Bristol in Paris, to the opening of the EuroDisney Resort in 1992 and then on to Gabon in Central Africa with InterContinental Hotels where he was able to transition to the position of General Manager. After periods in the Ivory Coast, Ghana and then Texas, Neil arrived in Antigua in 2001 as General Manager of the Rex Halcyon Cove. In 2005 he took up the position of General Manager of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association where he stayed for 12 years. At a regional level, Neil was President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) in 2016, a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association (CHTA) and is currently a member of the board of trustees and Treasurer of the CHTA Education Foundation.

In 2017 Neil started his own company Azingo Hospitality Ltd offering support services to companies in the hospitality and tourism sectors in areas ranging from management support, accounting and sales & marketing. His current client portfolio includes several small hotels and tourism entities in Antigua. Azingo Hospitality also runs and maintains two destination websites www.discoverantiguabarbuda.com and www.gettingmarriedinantigua.com
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