Veteran hotelier Sue Springer will step down as chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) by year-end.
BHTA Chairman Sunil Chatrani said Springer, who has held the post for the past 15 years, had decided to pursue other career opportunities.
“Sue has brought a high level of dedication, passion, and skills to the table over the years, which has served the association well. We are extremely appreciative of the years of service she has provided to the organization and the industry and she will certainly be missed,” Chatrani said in a statement.
He, however, revealed that Springer will play a key role in the recruitment drive for her successor as well as with the orientation and handover process.
“During my tenure with the BHTA I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated and knowledgeable group of presidents, directors, public and private sector leaders, and volunteers. I have learned much from them and have been impressed over the years by their willingness to contribute time and resources to making our tourism industry and our nation a better place,” Springer said in the same BHTA release.
According to the BHTA, a search committee has been put in place to fill the position during the coming months, allowing adequate time for a smooth transition before Springer leaves.
“While I shall certainly miss many aspects of my work, I shall be leaving confident both in the stewardship of the BHTA’s volunteer leadership and the skills and commitment of our staff,” she said.
Springer, who has spent some 35 years in the sector, is a board member of the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) and the Barbados Conference Services Ltd (BCSL). She is also a director of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and a member of the Hotel Catering Industrial and Management Association (HCIMA).
She holds a Master of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management and has lectured at Guilford and Plymouth College of Technology in England in various disciplines. (PR)