The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012.
To coincide it has commissioned a commemorative book about the history of the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry.
The book, From Pirates to Hoteliers, will be released during the business sessions at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, which takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April 2012.
“We chose [Miami-based media company] HCP/Aboard after several months of an exhaustive search for a company with the right resources to help write, print and assist with the funding of this important historic project,” said Josef Forstmayr, president of the association.
The glossy, 200-plus page coffee-table tome will record the events of the past 50 years in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry, he said.
From Pirates to Hoteliers will be released in a hardcover coffee table format and will depict the vivid and illustrious history of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry, its impact on all aspects of life in the region and its place in the world as an association at the forefront of tourism leadership.
Historic images chronicling key events in Caribbean history will accompany stories dating the earliest visitors to the region – from the colonial era to the famous pirates of the Caribbean – to the first tourists to the region, the rise of tourism after the Cuban revolution, and the formation of the hotel and tourism association.
The association said Pirates to Hoteliers will bring to life some of the most significant events, places, people, programs and traditions that are part of the Caribbean experience. It is a celebration of an industry that has played a key role in the development of the region and will continue to do so far into the future.
David Jessop, executive director of the Caribbean Council for Europe and author, will write several chapters for the book setting some of the historic sequences in perspective.