DHTA appoints Executive Vice President

Stephanie Astaphan
Stephanie Astaphan

The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA), a membership-based tourism development organization serving the industry for over four decades, has announced the selection of Stephanie Astaphan, MSc, as its new Executive Vice President.

“We are pleased to announce this much needed appointment of a full-time Executive Vice President to the Association,” reported Gregor Nassief, DHTA President. “Stephanie has worked closely with the Association and it’s Board of Directors to restructure and strengthen the Association over the last year. She will make an important difference in ensuring that the Association achieves its goals.”

Stephanie’s background includes work-study experience in non-profit management, project administration and research. She earned a postgraduate degree in international economics from the University of the West Indies, with specialization in the area of trade and sustainable development economics. She has served as consultant and board member to the DHTA, providing support on a number of the Association’s core services. Prior to this appointment, Stephanie was Program Officer at the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries, developing and implementing technical vocational training and certification programs, supporting capacity building grant proposals, and providing administrative coordination for CVQ Prior Learning and Assessment projects.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the DHTA membership and the tourism industry in this new capacity,” remarks Stephanie. “We will continue to pursue exceptional membership services and representation of membership interests towards enabling success in tourism of our current and future members, visitors, investors and travel partners, citizens and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”

The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association is a non-profit organization providing centralized and innovative information, advocacy, and leadership for the tourism industry in Dominica.

The DHTA wishes to recognise its 2015/16 Corporate Partners for their contributions to the strengthening of the Association:

DHTA Platinum Partner
Digicel (Dominica) Ltd

DHTA Gold Partners
CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers (Barbados) Ltd
National Bank of Dominica Ltd
Ross University School of Medicine

DHTA Silver Partners
Archipelago Trading Ltd
Belfast Estate Ltd
CIBC | First Caribbean International Bank
Dominica Agricultural, Industrial & Development Bank
Energy Management Services
Island Car Rentals Ltd

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  1. Affa
    January 18, 2015

    Hate to rain on your beauty parade pal, no disrespect as I love intelligent Dominicans too, congrats to her but… Beauty? Those droopy eyes? Intelligent and deserving of the job yes. Congrats girlfriend.

    • Affa
      January 18, 2015

      That’s in response to ‘Observer’ below.

  2. GrMZIE
    January 18, 2015

    Your work has just started, Steph. Pleasing everyone is a tall order,, but I know you are up to it. A-type.

  3. CYRIL Volney
    January 17, 2015

    Congratulations to a forward thinking DHTA. Thank you for your championship of Tourism, and transparency in letting the Dominican public know what you are all about. Now, if we can convince the DAIC (Chamber of Commerce) to emerge from wherever they are hiding, we will have TWO business organizations charting the growth of our economy.

  4. Mz. D
    January 16, 2015

    Congratulations Stephanie! I am so proud of you!

  5. A
    January 15, 2015

    WHY are all these comments disliked by many is it because someone thinks shes better than everyone else hmmmm

  6. January 15, 2015

    I thought DDA was a partner?
    Piper cannot piggy back on that one?
    Just asking.

  7. well well well
    January 15, 2015

    ummm like really???????? to all shouting beauty……skin colour and the way our people think has me wondering…….another thing DHTA where is this girl’s experience/background in tourism. Dominica continues to put square pegs in round holes…..#IJS

    • VIP
      January 16, 2015

      Do you know of her experience and such? I have spoken to her quite recently and she is certainly no square peg

  8. Just Blaze
    January 15, 2015

    Waiting for haters to say is because of surname.

  9. Observer
    January 15, 2015

    (correction) Where were you hiding pal?

  10. Observer
    January 15, 2015

    Boy Dominica has Pretty people. Was were you hiding pal? How comes you never went up for carnival queen. Is beautiful smart people like that that should represent our country. We’ve had many beautiful smart ones too though.

    • Ras
      January 15, 2015

      Why does she have to go up for queen, being the smart individual that you say she is she does not have to showcase and parade her body on a stage. INSTEAD, she used her brain. All dominica offers is a set of “pageants” for young ladies to prance about on a stage…then they ask you 2 questions to pretend is about “Beauty and brains” please…every 3 weeks is a new pageant…

  11. Confused
    January 15, 2015

    Congratulations Stephanie and the DHTA for recognising the importance of and necessity for such a position in support of the DHTA’ work. We hope this will be translated into continued effective representation on behalf of the DHTA and positive responses from Government and supporting financial institutions for the growth, development, viability and survival of the tourism industry including all relevant stakeholders who struggle every day to keep their businesses afloat.

  12. nini
    January 15, 2015

    Congrats Stephanie. Beauty and brains xoxo ❤

  13. Aizen
    January 15, 2015

    Congrats beautiful :oops: damn you fineeeeeeeeee

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