Sunil Chatrani was king for one night as his peers in the tourism industry honoured him for his service over the past two years.
Chatrani, the immediate past chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), was given a fond farewell at a cocktail party last evening at the spectacular Lancaster Great House in St James, as the association’s members and other invited guests joined him in looking back at some of his achievements in the industry during his two-year tenure.
Heaping praises on Chatrani for his service, chief executive officer of the BHTA Sue Springer desccribed him as “a true champion” for members and the industry.
“He is a consummate professional and never ever shuns from anything or any of his responsibilities. And he certainly had a lot of responsibilities,” said Springer, while recalling that he was instrumental in getting the Intimate Hotels listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Springer also congratulated newly installed chairperson Roseanne Myers, pointing out that she was able to tackle “all sorts of challenges” during in her first week of assuming the post, including sharing her thoughts on the impact of Brexit (the UK referendum on leaving the European Union) on the local tourism industry.
Chatrani was presented with a painting of the White Witch of Rose Hall golf course in Jamaica, one of his favourite golf courses and vacation spots.
The man of the moment thanked BHTA members, saying his tenure would not have been successful without them.
He also used the opportunity to call on hoteliers and other industry players to give their full support to the new chair, just as they shared their expertise, support and guidance with him during his tenure.
And thanking his family for standing by his side while he served at the helm of the BHTA, Chatrani recalled that the first few weeks on the job were difficult as he was also mourning the death of his father.
The BHTA also recognised Chefs from the Barbados culinary team who performed exceptionally at the recent Taste of the Caribbean competition last month. Their prizes included night stays at local hotels. (MM)