NewsMay 13, 2015

2015 Rising Star Award Caribbean honored at CHRIS

ISHC and BHN Announce Christal Stubbs, British Colonial Hilton Nassau, as Winner
Contact: Karla Smith, Director Membership Services
Phone: 404-542-0159

Miami, FL (April 28, 2015): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN) presented Christal Stubbs with the 2015 Rising Star Award Caribbean at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS). As the Human Resources Director of the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Stubbs has proven to be a dedicated and invaluable asset to the success of the hotel as well as an extremely effective leader within the Bahamian tourism industry. Stubbs works in a very competitive marketplace in Nassau and is responsible for recruiting, training, compliance, employee development and other vital duties, her management of which have earned her respect from peers and managers alike.

“We’re so pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on the ‘future’ of the tourism industry in the Caribbean with the annual Rising Star Award. The nominee list in 2015 included numerous talented future leaders. When the judges reviewed the candidates and voted, Christal rose to the top, as she is truly an exceptional executive. With the unprecedented increase in hotel room supply in Nassau, the role of HR was probably never as important as it is now and Ms. Stubbs has truly shined,” said Jim Burba, President, BHN.

“The hospitality industry is an important focus in the Caribbean and as such, it is important that we continue to recognize talented, young leadership in the region. We are proud to have such a worthy winner of this year’s Rising Star Award Caribbean. Christal is a glowing example of the kind of talent that exists in the region,” said Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director for ISHC.
The Rising Star Award was created in 2011 by the ISHC, in collaboration with BHN, to recognize emerging leadership talent in the Caribbean from the hospitality industry. Award criteria require that a nominee be 35 years and under, be currently working and living in the Caribbean and have a minimum of two of the most recent five years hospitality experience living and working in the Caribbean.

Contact: Karla Smith, Director Membership Services
Phone: 404-542-0159

About ISHC
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at

About CHRIS and HOLA Conferences
The Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean’s leading hotel and tourism investment conference. The conference immediately precedes a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami.

About BHN
BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With almost three decades of experience, over 120 events completed to-date, and more than 85,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends.
BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.
The BHN website at is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.