NewsMay 24, 2016

2016 Rising Star Award Caribbean presented at CHRIS

2016 Rising Star Award

Miami, FL (May 18, 2016):  Upon receiving the award, this year’s Rising Star Award Caribbean recipient, 33 year-old General Manager Pedro Javier Tomas Contreras of Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana by AMResorts, commented “I am thrilled to be recognized by ISHC and BHN and am receiving this award on behalf of my entire team.”

Pedro worked his way up from Rooms Division Manager to help elevate the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana to the high performing resort it is today. As a local, he is very involved in the community, consistently interacts with guests and is focused on leading and developing his staff.

The Rising Star Award Caribbean was presented to Pedro at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) on May 11, 2016 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, FL. This is the sixth year the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN) have joined together to recognize emerging talent in the region at CHRIS.

“We are very 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 2016 was stellar and bodes well for the future on the hotel/tourism industry in the Caribbean. When the judges reviewed the candidates and voted, Pedro Tomas rose to the top as he is truly an exceptional executive” said Jim Burba, President, BHN.

“It is important to ISHC to encourage young talent in the Caribbean region – a region that depends on the hospitality industry and receives visitors from around the world. We are excited to present the award to Pedro who has made such an impact on the success of his resort and is involved in the community,” said Andrea Belfanti, ISHC Executive Director.

The Rising Star Award Caribbean was established in 2011 in partnership with Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the Caribbean region for the advancement of the hospitality industry. Nomination criteria requires a candidate to be 35 years of age or younger, currently living in the Caribbean, working in a hospitality-related field and recognized in the industry as a rising star.



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


Caribbean Hotel & Resorts Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean’s most important 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 130 events completed to-date, and more than 90,000 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 Mumbai; 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.