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Miami, FL, February 4, 2011 – The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has presented Interval International and participating member resorts with an award recognizing their generous support of its scholarship program. Their contributions to the CHTA Education Foundation (CHTAEF) have steadily increased over the past few years, totaling $175,000.  Neil Kolton, Interval's director of resort sales and service for the region, accepted the honor at the recent Caribbean Marketplace in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

"The support from Interval and its affiliated resorts has been instrumental in our ability to provide students and hospitality executives with the means to establish and further their careers," noted Tom Pas, chairman of CHTAEF. "These ongoing contributions have made it possible for a significant number of Caribbean nationals to take advantage of educational opportunities that would not have otherwise been available to them.  We owe Interval and its affiliates a debt of gratitude."

“While this acknowledgment is greatly appreciated, the true reward is seeing scholarship recipients become successful professionals who in turn contribute to the tourism industry in the region," said Kolton, who also credited the company's member resorts for their generous support of CHTAEF.

Participants in last year’s scholarship fund include:

  • Antigua - Tranquility Bay Antigua.

  • Aruba - La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Hotel.

  • Bahamas - Island Seas Resort.

  • Belize - Reef Village Vacation Club.

  • Cayman Islands - Plantation Village Beach Resort, Seven Mile Beach Resort.

  • Curaçao - The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort.

  • Dominican Republic - Coral Costa Caribe.

  • Mexican Caribbean - Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort.

  • Puerto Rico - Aquarius Vacation Club® at Boquerón Beach and Aquarius Vacation Club® Dorado del Mar Beach and Golf Resort, ESJ Towers, Hyatt Hacienda del Mar.

  • St. Lucia - Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa.

  • St. Maarten - Dawn Beach Club, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina. 

 The CHTAEF was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization to provide scholarships and special assistance to Caribbean hospitality industry personnel and students pursuing hospitality and tourism careers. The foundation has awarded more than US$1 million dollars in scholarships and grants. The application requirements include being a Caribbean national, having a high school or equivalent secondary school degree, pursuing a tourism-related education degree, and demonstrated financial need.

As a Strategic Partner of CHTA and a Board Member of the CHTA Education Foundation and the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Scholarship Foundation, Interval has been a long‑time supporter of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. The company is committed to understanding the unique needs of the region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for 35 years. Today, Interval has an exchange network of more than 2,500 resorts in over 75 nations. Through offices in 14 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.​

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