CHRIS Deal of the Year Awards



CHRIS Development of the Year 2020
The CHRIS Development of the Year Award recognizes a newly built, redeveloped, or repositioned (after significant product renovations and/or enhancements) hotel that opened, reopened, or completed their repositioning in the Caribbean region between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Development nominations are reviewed according to specific ranking criteria by the CHRIS Development of the Year Award Committee to determine the three finalists. The finalists’ information is then reviewed and voted on by delegates of CHRIS to determine the winner, whom will be announced at at CHRIS 2021. Nominations were due by Friday, June 18, 2021.

CHRIS Development of the Year 2019
Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana Dominican Republic




CHRIS Transaction of the Year 2020
The CHRIS Transaction of the Year Award recognizes a hotel(s) and/or resort(s) in which more than a 50 percent ownership stake has been acquired (transaction closed) in the Caribbean region between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Transaction nominations are reviewed according to specific ranking criteria by the CHRIS Transaction of the Year Award Committee to determine the three finalists. The finalists’ information is then reviewed and voted on by delegates of CHRIS to determine the winner, whom will be announced at CHRIS 2021. Nominations were due by Friday, June 18, 2021.

CHRIS Transaction of the Year 2019
Elegant Hotels Group plc Barbados


Rising Star Award

This award, created by ISHC in conjunction with CHRIS, recognizes an emerging leader, age 35 and under, currently living and working in the Caribbean.

The nomination period is now closed. Nominations were due on or before midnight Eastern Time on 11 June 2021.


Darling M. Mendez, Club Manager, Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana, will receive the Rising Star Award Caribbean at CHRIS 2021

Rising Star Award Judging Panel

Jorge Apaez, IHG Hotels & Resorts
Jose Carlos Azcarraga, Posadas
Kenneth Blatt, CPG Real Estate
John Issa, SuperClubs
Dave Johnson, Aimbridge Hospitality
Eileen Kett, Club Med
Brian King, Marriott International
David Kong, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Scott LePage, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Annette Mark, CAIPA
Mario Mathieu, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Berthia Parle, Bay Gardens Resorts
Adam Stewart, Sandals Resorts International
Karolin Troubetzkoy, Anse Chastenet & Jade Mountain Resorts
Bruce Wardinski, Playa Hotels & Resorts