|From left to right, Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO, CHTA; Peter C. Yesawich, vice chairman, MMGY Global; Caribbean Hotelier of the Year Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resort and Richard Doumeng, president, CHTA|
St. Lucia luminary and hospitality veteran Karolin Troubetzkoy, owner of both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, has been recognized as the 2011 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.
Troubetzkoy accepted the honor before an international audience of hospitality and tourism industry leaders assembled for the Golden Jubilee Gala celebrating the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) 50th anniversary, hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica. Troubetzkoy is the 33rd recipient of this coveted award.
Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and MMGY Global, the annual Caribbean Hotelier of the Year Award is the highest professional honor bestowed in hotel and resort operations in the Caribbean.
The award recognizes excellence in all areas of operations, as well as a commitment to the training and development of staff, contributions to the community, and a demonstrated commitment to sound environmental practices. The award also acknowledges each recipient's active role in both national and regional issues affecting Caribbean tourism.
Troubetzkoy's passion for guest service, natural leadership and marketing savvy have played an instrumental role throughout her impressive career spanning more than two decades in St. Lucia.
As owner and executive director of marketing and operations for the award-winning Anse Chastanet, she currently oversees all aspects of operations while continuing to develop the property's facilities and services.
Troubetzkoy guided the resort's first large expansion from 37 to 49 rooms in 1990. Upon completion, she pioneered innovative marketing campaigns that enabled the property to achieve more than 90 percent occupancy between 1992 and 2001. She has also directed the marketing efforts on behalf of Jade Mountain Resort since 2004. Both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain are widely celebrated as two of the Caribbean's top resorts, consistently recognized among the world's best by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.