Winsia West of Blue Waters Hotel, has been selected to represent Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Young Leaders Forum

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📢 Exciting News! 📢.The Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association proudly announces that Winsia West, Food & Beverage Supervisor at Blue Waters Hotel, has been selected to represent Antigua and Barbuda in the prestigious Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) Young Leaders Forum (YLF), Class of 2026. Winsia joins an elite group of 27 young leaders from across the Caribbean!.The selection committee, comprised of esteemed industry professionals such as Sanovnik Destang, CHTA’s President-Elect and Executive Director of Bay Gardens Resorts; Paul Collymore, CEO of The Landings Resort and Spa; Laudra Maurille-Willie, Assistant Human Resource Manager at The Landings Resort and Spa; Anice O’Neil, Commercial Director at Bay Gardens Resorts; and Vanessa Ledesma, CHTA’s Acting CEO and Director General, rigorously evaluated each candidate to ensure the highest standards of excellence..Winsia expressed her gratitude: “ I am greatly honoured. I was not really expecting this, but the honest truth is that I am honoured. I am grateful and proud. The only Antiguan – that’s a big thing. And I will say that without my team and the great leaders here who I look up to, I know I will not be able to do this. It is an honour.”.The YLF program equips emerging leaders with skills in Emotional Intelligence, Leading a Merging Workforce, Employee Experience Enhancement, Hospitality Forward (technology integration), AI and Leadership, Process Optimization, and more. Participants are paired with iconic industry leaders for mentorship, fostering continuous learning and development..Class of 2026 Highlights:

Winsia West, Food & Beverage Supervisor, Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua
Ketrina Abraham, Account Executive, Barefoot Holidays, St. Lucia
Stacey-Ann Albert, Human Resource and Operations Manager, Sailrock South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Matthew Barnett, Rooms Care Manager, Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados
Joy Bernard, Learning and Development Manager, Sandals Ochi, Jamaica
Ashley Boxill-Rivers, Corporate Services & Marketing Manager, Barefoot Holidays, St. Lucia
Layvern Daniel, Reservations Manager, Sailrock South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Pauline Francis, Marketing Manager, Bay Gardens Resorts, St. Lucia
Rhea-Michelle Isaac, Social Media and Sales Specialist, Sea Spray Cruises, St. Lucia
Knishnal James, Reservations Manager, Bay Gardens Resorts, St. Lucia
Jewell Johnson, Reservations & Operations Manager, Caribbean World, Jamaica
Erin Joseph, Rooms Division Manager, Bay Gardens Hotel & Inn, St. Lucia
Emeka Le Riche, Learning & Development Manager, Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
Juliette Laurore, Customer Service Supervisor, WINAIR, St. Maarten
Deneka Linton, Reservations/Operations Supervisor, Caribbean World, Jamaica
Tessalee Moore, Special Projects Manager, Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Barbados
Aisha Murrell, Duty Manager, Bay Gardens Hotel, St. Lucia
Lydia Padmore, Senior Rooms Care Supervisor, The Rockley/Ocean Hotels, Barbados
Tanisha Rahming, Human Resources Manager, Comfort Suites Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Chad Rowe, Food and Beverage Manager, O2 Beach Club & Spa, Barbados
Tamar Severin, Restaurant and Bar Manager, The Landings Resort and Spa, St. Lucia
Kerishma St. Remy, Residences Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO, The Landings Resort and Spa, St. Lucia
Eugenia Thomas, Guest Services Officer, The Landings Resort and Spa, St. Lucia
Jason Todd, Bar Supervisor, Jamaica Inn, Jamaica
Nikita Warrington, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados
Shani Watson-Holder, Facilities Manager, Mango Bay Group, Barbados
Yanika Yarde, Spa Concierge Specialist/Supervisor, The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia.For more information about the Young Leaders Forum and CHTA’s initiatives, visit us in celebrating Winsia’s achievement and the bright future of Caribbean hospitality! 🌟🌴..

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