The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has saluted legendary hotelier Heinz Simonitsch, who died over the weekend.
The body cited him as one of the foremost pioneers of sustainable tourism development in the region.
“Professor Heinz was a pioneer in the industry in so many ways, leading by example, providing exemplary service, infusing ‘Caribbean’ and ‘Jamaican’ into his product offering, and expanding the boundaries of the industry well beyond that of his beloved Half Moon hotel with investments in the development of the people and communities surrounding his property,” recalled CHTA chief executive, Frank Comito, and CHTA, president, Patricia Affonso-Dass, in a joint statement.
The region’s tourism leaders expressed sorrow to learn of the passing of Simonitsch, a former Caribbean Hotelier of the Year, a CHTA past president and the first recipient of CHTA Icon of Hospitality honour for his incomparable contributions to the sector.
“For the decades he served our region he has been an ongoing inspiration to so many in the industry,” the CHTA officials stated, adding that he remained engaged with CHTA to the end, “reading and reviewing our information and just recently commending us for the work…