WASHINGTON, DC (May 13,2011) — Interval International and its participating Caribbean member resorts set another record by donating $50,000, the single largest contribution to date to the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation. David C. Gilbert, Interval’s executive vice president of resort sales and marketing, presented the check to foundation representatives during the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“Interval is extremely grateful for the ongoing commitment of its resort affiliates to the CHTA Education Foundation, which administers one of the largest scholarship programs benefiting the region’s hospitality industry. Working together, we’re able to make a significant impact to support this important initiative that assists Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in hospitality and tourism,” said Gilbert.
Participants in the 2010 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® at 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
“We receive applications from individuals all over the region who are interested in continuing their education. We are very thankful for the generous contributions from Interval and its member resorts that help scholarship recipients reach their career goals. They have been extremely supportive over the years and we truly appreciate their efforts,” said Tom Pas, chairman of the Education Foundation.
The Foundation 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. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.5 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 demonstrating financial need.
As a strategic partner of CHTA and a board member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Education Foundation, Interval is committed to understanding the unique needs of the Caribbean 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 approximately 2,600 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.
SOURCE: Interval International