Madden-Greig is new leader of JHTA
Janet Silvera, Senior Staff Reporter
Group Director of The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, Nicola Madden-Greig, has been elected president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
Madden-Greig, who has served as first vice-president since 2011, defeated incumbent Evelyn Smith in a hotly contested election during the association's 53rd annual general meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Saturday.
Madden-Greig, who also has responsibility for the Knutsford Court Hotel, Expedition Limited, the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and The Jamaica Pegasus, copped 66 votes to Smith's 59.
She is the third woman to lead the robust private-sector umbrella organisation, which is made up of hoteliers, and operators of other accommodations, attractions and allied services in the tourism sector.
Speaking with The Gleaner from her home in St Andrew yesterday, Madden-Greig said member relations will be a critical component going forward.
"The association is at a point where it needs reorganisation and strengthening. We have been losing our membership and we have not seen significant growth," she stated, pointing out that the Government's omnibus legislation would be at the forefront.
"(The time before changes) for the persons under the Hotel Incentive Act scheduled for July 1 is much too short and has not given the members adequate time for consideration," she argued.
The Hotel Incentive Act has been abolished and all organisations are now under the Omnibus Legislation.
A graduate of Florida International University, Madden-Greig has been a councillor for the JHTA since 1998, and Kingston area chair since 2002.
She has also served as chair of the association's membership committee and of the fundraising and public-relations subcommittee and is a member of the Joint JHTA/Jamaica Tourist Board Marketing subcommittee and the Tourism Product Development Committee.
She was the recipient of the JHTA President's Award in 2006.
In her acceptance speech, following the annual general meeting, Madden-Greig, said she intended to "represent the JHTA with distinction, continue the fine work of the previous president, and maintain the JHTA's prominent voice in national affairs".
Omar Robinson, general manager, Round Hill Hotel, first vice-president
Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International, second vice-president
Marilyn Burrowes, director of marketing, Dolphin Cove, third vice-president
Vana Taylor, president of the Jamaica Villas and Apartments, fourth vice-president