Small Hotel's Conference

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 09:32 News Editor

A  major conference to support The Bahamas' small hotel community is being held to help them weather the recession.

The "Small Hotels Working Together for Individual & Collective Success" event is aimed at owners and operators who have 75 rooms and under, and is being hosted by the Bahamas Hotel Association.

A series of workshops and discussions will be held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on Thursday, December 3 and the key note speaker will be Minister of Tourism & Aviation Vincent

Vanderpool-Wallace, whose speech is titled "Small Hotels: Involvement & Future in a Diversified Tourism Sector".

The following day the association will hold its annual general meeting.

Nina Maynard, Chairperson, BHA/STEMM National Small Hotels Task Force & Owner/Operator of The Corner Hotel, in Nassau, said:

"We as owners & operators of small properties are faced with difficult challenges at the best of times and now during the global recessionary conditions challenges are even greater.

"For the past year, however, working together as network members of BHA/STEMM we have had significant accomplishments as well as confirmed that as small operators we have to stay focus and not allow ourselves to become disillusioned.

"We do recognize that in order for us to effectively compete and participate in our country's tourism economy we have to look at all aspects of our business operations to see how we can continually lower our operating costs and improve our business operations, customer service and product standards.

"We also recognize that in today's competitive marketplace it has become increasingly important for us as small hoteliers to be market savvy and be in a position to participate in specialized promotional activities that are geared to the market that we can attract."

Special discussions at the conference

*RoomMaster 2000: An innovative approach to customer and business support that allows you to have more time to attend to the needs of your guests

*Small Hotels Promotions: An overview of the country's 2010 Marketing & Promotional plans and opportunities for hotels

*Package Development: Hints on developing packages suited to your product

*Procurement Opportunities: Lower costs through preferred group facilities for

supplies and other procurements

*The Future: What does the future hold? Input in the future direction of small hotels in the nation's tourism economy

There will also be group discussion such as that led by Gene Albury, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management, Kerzner International Bahamas Limited, on how to lower procurement costs.

The event costs $25 registration contribution per person for small hoteliers and $35 per person for non hoteliers.

Contact Charlotte Knowles-Thompson for registration forms and further details on 242-502-4234 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it