Richard Doumeng to be Honored with Award of Excellence at Tommy Star Awards Gala

Richard Doumeng to be Honored
with Award of Excellence at Tommy Star Awards Gala
USVI hospitality executive receiving lifetime achievement accolade


richard-doumengRichard Doumeng, managing director of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will be honored with the Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association’s (USVI-HTA) Award of Excellence at the annual Tommy Star Awards Gala. This major black tie event is November 5, 2016 at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef.

Doumeng has devoted his career to the hospitality industry of St. Thomas, the USVI and the greater Caribbean. A member of the Doumeng family that has managed and owned Bolongo Bay Beach Resort along with other island hospitality endeavors over the years, Doumeng began working in his younger years in the restaurant and diving club. He currently serves as managing director of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort including the catamaran Heavenly Days, The Lobster Grille and the popular Iggies Beach Bar & Grill.

Doumeng is chairman of the board of directors for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). He is a past president and has served on the board since 1992. CHTA is at the forefront of the Caribbean hospitality industry and works together with 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 32 National Hotel Associations in growing the region’s vital tourism business. Doumeng also serves as trustee of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Education Foundation and in 2010 he was named the CHTA Hotelier of the Year Award.

Closer to home, Doumeng proudly serves on the board of directors for the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association, where he’s been a five-time president since 1991. He also serves on the board of directors for the VI Taxi Cab Commission.

Throughout his extensive career, Doumeng’s commitment to his island home has included civic participation and outreach in the USVI. He has served as the chairman of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a board member for the United Way and Crime Stoppers. Doumeng is on the board of trustees for Antilles School and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of the Virgin Islands. An avid sports fan, he’s also had the pleasure of being a defensive coach for the Antilles School JV flag football team for seven seasons.

The coveted USVI-HTA Award of Excellence is the ultimate accolade bestowed upon any individual within the hospitality and tourism industry in the Virgin Islands. The winner has had an exceptional career dedicated to improving hospitality and tourism while using their experience and knowledge to promote, develop, and influence the Virgin Island’s talent.

“Richard Doumeng has been a valued member of the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association for 25 years, and has served in several leadership roles that have shaped the association into the vibrant organization it is today,” says Lisa Hamilton, president of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association.