Josef Forstmayr has been welcoming guests to Round Hill Hotel and Villas since he started as managing director of the resort in 1989. Under Josef's direction, Round Hill has won countless prestigious awards and accolades including World Travel Awards' World’s Leading Villa Resort, AAA's Four Diamond Award of Excellence and has been featured on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure's World's Best List.
Josef has a passion for all things Jamaican and has lived in the country since 1979. His love and enthusiasm for Jamaica and the Caribbean led to his appointment in April 2010 as President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). During his tenure, Josef raised awareness of the importance of tourism throughout the Caribbean with the CHTA's "Tourism is Key" advocacy campaign.
Josef currently serves as a director of the Jamaica Tourist Board and Chairman of the Montego Bay Arts Council Limited (Montego Bay Cultural Centre). He is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Austria in Jamaica. In 2005 Josef received The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer for his contribution to Jamaica’s tourism industry. He was named Hotelier of the Year by the JHTA in 1993 and 1996 and Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel Association in 2007. Josef was born in Steyr, Austria and is fluent in German, English and French. He holds Jamaican and Austrian citizenships. He attended the University of Salzburg where he studied Economic Sciences and Tourism.