Bustamante to Head Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Committee
SAN JUAN – Miguel Vega, the chairman of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association (PRHTA), issued a statement Friday on the designation of Raúl Bustamante as the organization’s Owners and General Managers Committee president.
“It is an honor for the PRHTA to have at hand the extensive experience and leadership of Raúl Bustamante to guide such an important association committee,” Vega said. “Raúl’s trajectory and knowledge of the tourism industry will be a great benefit to drive Puerto Rico’s economic development through this committee,” he explained.
Bustamante, who is the general manager of the Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel, has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, and was named Hotelier of the Year by the PRHTA in 1995 and 2008. He was a member of the PRHTA board from 1996 to 1998, as well as president of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau board from 2001 to 2005 and from 2011-2013. As a member of the latter board, he had an active role in developing the marketing strategies for the new convention center.
He also presided the Tourism Committee of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, and on several occasions served as president of the board. In addition, he has represented the governor of Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan on several boards and was vice president of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. board until April 2006.
In Friday’s announcement, Clarisa Jiménez, CEO of the PRHTA said, “We welcome Raúl as a member of the Committee and commit our full collaboration as necessary for the benefit of the hospitality industry. We thank him for his support of the PRHTA throughout these years. The Owners and General Managers Committee makes very important decisions for the private sector and decides on collaboration with the government about initiatives that drive the economy.”
Bustamante specializes in management, marketing, institutional change, negotiations, alliances and acquisitions, and leadership. He has certifications in these fields from several universities, such as the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard School of Business, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and the London School of Business.