Long-serving tourism chief Sanguinetti set to retire

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A former Cayman Islands Department of Tourism executive who also served as managing director of Cayman Airways is to step down from his high profile Caribbean tourism role. 

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has announced that Alec Sanguinetti is retiring as director general and CEO after 19 years in executive positions with the organisation and 52 years as one of the tourism industry’s top airline and hotel executives. 

Richard Doumeng, president of the association, said that a search committee is being formed to find a replacement for Mr. Sanguinetti who will step down as of 31 January, following Caribbean Travel Marketplace. 

“October 1, 2012, marked 52 years for me in the travel and tourism industry and the last 19 years with The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association have been among the most enjoyable,” said Mr. Sanguinetti.  

“I have had the opportunity in working with The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association to be involved with the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry which is a far more encompassing and broader playing field than working with any single entity such as an airline or destination. 

“I had the opportunity to meet and work with wonderful and dedicated individuals from whom I have learned such a great deal.” 

Sanguinetti was only the second CEO for The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association in the association’s 50-year history. He originally joined as deputy director general in 1993 working closely with John Bell, the association’s first CEO. He was named director general and CEO in 2003. 


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Sanguinetti’s career began in the airline industry in 1960, with British Overseas Airways Corporation and British West Indian Airways. He was responsible for the start up and running of Jamaica Air Service and then involved in the start up of Air Jamaica in 1969 where he served as vice president marketing until 1976. 

In 1977, Sanguinetti joined the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism as director of International Sales and Marketing and in 1980 was appointed managing director of Cayman Airways. 

“We are indebted to Alec Sanguinetti for his tireless dedication to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and tourism in general in the Caribbean,” said Richard Doumeng. 

“He has led our organisation through some very difficult times and enabled us to remain a strong and viable force in Caribbean tourism and he has done it with empathy, wit, style and grace,” Doumeng said. 

“He helped to pave the way for a much improved relationship between the private sector and our government counterparts in tourism which has resulted in the establishment of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company and our joint website CaribbeanTravel.com. 

“We wish Alec and his amazing wife, Flavia, all the best and we know that they will remain part of our [association’s] lives.” 

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