Travel in­dus­try icon to ad­dress Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity Ex­change fo­rum

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

G er­ard “Jerry” Inz­er­illo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, known and es­teemed for his in­no­va­tions and re­la­tion­ships in the tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity, and en­ter­tain­ment com­mu­ni­ties, will be the key­note speaker open­ing up the Caribbean Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion’s (CHTA) Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ex­change Fo­rum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico from Septem­ber 30 to Oc­to­ber 2, 2016.

Inz­er­illo, who has a deep well of ex­pe­ri­ence upon which to draw, will ad­dress the role the Caribbean plays in global tourism.

Dur­ing his ex­ten­sive ca­reer, Inz­er­illo helped to de­velop some of the world’s most fa­mous hos­pi­tal­ity brands such as At­lantis, One & Only Re­sorts and Ian Schrager Ho­tels, and held lead­er­ship roles with Four Sea­sons and Hil­ton Ho­tels & Re­sorts.

Inz­er­illo was also a ma­jor player in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try as pres­i­dent and CEO of IMG Artists, a global leader in artist man­age­ment, per­form­ing arts and life­style events plan­ning, man­ag­ing the ca­reers of more than 500 artists and pro­duc­ing 25,000 musical and life­style events an­nu­ally.

“I look for­ward to be­ing a part of th­ese im­por­tant Caribbean con­ver­sa­tions,” said Inz­er­illo, who will share how the re­gion can rise to the chal­lenges pre­sented by the evolv­ing hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism land­scape, and cap­i­tal­ize on ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Prior to IMG, Inz­er­illo was pres­i­dent of Kerzner En­ter­tain­ment Group, where he raised the vis­i­bil­ity of the com­pany and the pro­file of its prop­er­ties in the Ba­hamas, Dubai, the In­dian Ocean, Mex­ico, Morocco, Africa, Mau­ri­tius and Mal­dives. Inz­er­illo over­saw the pro­duc­tion and launch of sev­eral leg­endary prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the open­ing of the bil­lion-dol­lar Phase III of At­lantis in the Ba­hamas in May 2007 and the $1.5 bil­lion At­lantis-Dubai on Palm Is­land in 2008, which re­ceived world­wide me­dia cov­er­age and was fea­tured on the cover of Newsweek. He also served as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Sun City, the unique South African re­sort com­plex built by Sol Kerzner.

As found­ing pres­i­dent of the Mor­gan’s Ho­tel Group, later re­branded Ian Schrager Ho­tels, he con­cep­tu­al­ized, opened and po­si­tioned such avant-garde prop­er­ties as Mor­gan’s, Roy­al­ton and Para­mount in New York; the his­toric De­lano in Mi­ami Beach, and Mon­drian in Los An­ge­les.

The Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ex­change Fo­rum (CHIEF) will be held at the El Con­quis­ta­dor, a Wal­dorf As­to­ria Re­sort, in Fa­jardo, Puerto Rico.

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