Cheers to Chatrani – BHTA chairman demits office

Hotelier Sunil Chatrani dreamed of golfing at Jamaica’s White Witch course.

Now, as he bows out as chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association he is getting his wish.

At a special cocktail party at the Lancaster Great House last night, Chatrani and his wife were gifted with a vacation to Jamaica and access to the 18-hole championship golf course.

He was also presented with a painting of the golf course by outgoing CEO Sue Springer in the short, informal ceremony.

“He has been a true, true champion for all of you, as members of the BHTA and also our champion of tourism itself. He is a consummate professional and never ever, ever shunned from anything and any one of his responsibilities,” Springer said.

Adding that Chatrani had done fantastic work in his two years as BHTA chairman, she said he was instrumental in taking Elegant Hotels to the London Stock Exchange.

Admitting that serving in the position was not easy, Chatrani said it was made less difficult by the support and guidance of BHTA members.

“The BHTA has a lot to offer. Roseanne (Myers) as the first non-hotelier being chairman is doing a good job. We’ve seen what she has been doing already and you have to encourage her and support her,” he advised.

He also paid homage to his family, particularly his wife.

Before ending his comments, Chatrani called Springer to the stage, saying it was also a time to say farewell to her as she prepares to demit the post at the end of the year after serving for the past 15 years.

He praised Springer for supporting the many past presidents and making a significant contribution to the tourism industry.