Miami, Florida, July 10, 2015 – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, and participating member resorts awarded scholarships to eight Caribbean nationals, encouraging the pursuit of college degrees in hospitality and tourism fields. The scholarships are funded through the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF), an organization that has been developing careers and promoting professionalism for nearly 30 years.
“As a longstanding supporter of the CHTAEF, Interval is proud to work with its resort clients in the region to give deserving students the opportunity to achieve their goals,” said Jan Wyatt, Interval’s vice president of corporate marketing. “We hope that these students will return to their respective home countries to help deliver outstanding hospitality services and ensure the future of the industry in each locale.”
“The shared ownership sector has been the largest contributor to the CHTAEF over the last decade and we are very grateful for its continuing commitment,” added Richard S. Kahn, foundation chairman.
Each of the 2015 Interval International scholarship winners has earned this well-deserved assistance. They come from five different countries, will be attending five different schools, and seeking degrees in a variety of relevant areas:
Aruba• Arantxa Alves, Berkeley College of New York for Marketing• Christopher Geerman, Florida International University for Hospitality Management
Bahamas• Kenia Taylor, Florida International University for Tourism Management
Haiti• Kareen Etienne, Florida International University for Hospitality Management
Jamaica• Gason Powell, Florida International University for Hospitality Management• Jordon Richards, Johnson & Wales Rhode Island for Culinary Studies
Puerto Rico• Patricia Diaz-Centeno, Boston University for Event Management
St. Maarten:• Caroline Nolasco, University of St.Maarten for Hospitality Management
Scholarships are awarded based on prior academic achievements, economic need, and previous work or internships in the Caribbean hospitality industry.
About Interval International
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 since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,900 resorts in more than 80 nations. Through offices in 16 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.
About CHTA Education Foundation
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) was established in 1987 as a stand-alone (501c3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in hospitality and tourism. Since its founding, the CHTAEF has awarded more than US$2 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.
The CHTAEF has also been active in supporting Haitian students following the devastating earthquake in January 2010 by facilitating Practical Hospitality Skills training, so that Haitian students are able to return home and be major catalysts in the uplift of Haitian tourism. For more information, visit www.chtaeducationfoundation.com.
For more information contact:
Beatrice de Peyrecave , Interval InternationalBeatrice.dePeyrecave@intervalintl.com 305.925.7032
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