USVI HTA Hotel Member Directory: Access to hotel contacts in the USVI. USVI Hotel & Tourism Association gives you direct contact with our hotel membership by providing you with one (1) complimentary copy of our hotel directory. Send out your own promotions, sales and new product line to your target market; i.e. general managers, food and beverage managers, purchasing managers, maintenance managers etc…
USVI HTA Electronic Directory: Gain exposure as a first choice for future business. Your company listing makes it possible for the membership to view your business profile and contact information with a click of the mouse at www.usvihta.com
Networking Opportunities: One on one access to hotel contacts. We hold bi-monthly networking events at our member properties and businesses. This is a great opportunity to get to know the Board of Directors, Hotel Managers and a variety of business owners from attractions, retails stores and restaurants.
Education and Training Opportunities: We understand how critical training is to sustaining our valuable tourism product. USVI HTA offers several complimentary programs throughout the year to include: Legenday Service – Customer Service Training, ServSafe Food & Beverage Training, Legal Seminars, Summer Employment Program, OSHA, DPNR and more…
Industry Updates: Get the “heads-up” on seasonal airline capacity updates and monthly hotel occupancies. This report is updated on a continuous basis and is available in the “Members Only” section on the USVI HTA website.
Marketing Opportunities: CMI – Cooperative Marketing Initiative started in 2004 to address destination marketing for the Territory. The Pay-To-Play program offers you website exposure with a direct link to your url, inclusion in all collateral distributed at tradeshows, sales calls and reservation center trainings – over 40 events per year and access to all databases generated from our website promotions, cruise conversion program and aforementioned shows.
Destination Symposium: Destination Symposium is the premier marketing event of the US Virgin Islands and for the past 18 years it has been touted as the best in the Caribbean – one day of business meetings, where buyers and suppliers are matched for one on one appointments. The business appointments set the tone of vacation packaging over the next year. We offer one day of industry presentations by the Department of Tourism, Activities and Attractions and HTA’s Cooperative Marketing Initiative (CMI). Our magnificent resorts offer a specialty theme dinner nightly to showcase the latest in culinary cuisine. Our buyers also have time for site inspections so we are sure they experience everything our members have to offer.
Testimonial from Debra Quaid – Owner/Operator VI Campground
“This event was tailor made for Virgin Islands Campground. It allowed us to chat, just for a short time, with giants in the industry when it comes to “marketing”
Here are some recent testimonials from USVIHTA members:
John & Gwen Pittman, Resident Managers, The Green Iguana Hotel:
John and I have just celebrated our 15 Month Anniversary as Resident Managers of The Green Iguana Hotel here on St. Thomas. We appreciate your emails announcing promotions and opportunities, as well as providing notes from the meetings. Listening in on the webcasts and attending the meetings in person, it has helped me to learn about the many ways the Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism CAN help small hotels. I have had the opportunity to meet with other hotel managers, small and large), and have gained valuable insight on everything from where to buy in room supplies to reservation software and much more. The additional internet presence with “Hot Deals” has helped to increase our occupancy rate. I could go on and on! Thank you for all you do! We do appreciate you and everything the organization does to help us “little guys” join the “big guys” without prejudice!
Ed Foerstel, Owner, VI-ATM:
I was encouraged to join HTA based on the business I am in and how it might bring more opportunities my way. Being part of the HTA has helped me make contacts that are valuable for my company’s growth, the meetings are informative and the information is relevant.
Alex Tamas, Resort Manager, Bluebeard’s Beach Club:
HTA it is a great membership network, very resourceful in information, a wonderful way of connecting with people/business, and a positive step in increasing the island level of service!
Joanne Bohr, Area General Manager-Caribbean Worldwide Flight Services:
The HTA has provided WFS an extraordinary opportunity to network with others with shared goals and interests as well as a collective voice on important issues to assist business growth.
For details on USVI HTA’s full portfolio of programs, please take the time to explore our website at www.usvihta.com
Questions? Please contact Nicole at Nicole@virgin-islands-hotels.com, Membership Coordinator; 340-774-6835 ext. 21.