"She Believed She Could, So She Did”, is the favoured quote of 24-year-old Hannah Peralta as it speaks to her own story of drive and determination.
Despite losing her mother at age four and growing up with limited family support, Hannah has been able to overcome great odds and become a shining example of hope to her relatives and friends.
She graduated from the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) in 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality Management and a 3.33 GPA.
Two years later, Hannah completed an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management at Georgia State University with a 3.42 GPA; a feat that was possible because of the financial assistance from a Ministry of Tourism Scholarship. She again maintained excellent grades and was named as a member of the Eta Sigma Delta Honours Society.
Shortly after her graduation from Georgia State, she was accepted into a year-long Manager in Training (MIT) program at the Atlanta based management company, Hotel Equities. This allowed her to gain a wealth of experience in the field of hospitality. She had the opportunity to work with multiple hotel brands, including Four Points by Sheraton, and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. She was also part of two task-force teams responsible for rebranding and reopening hotel properties in Bakersfield, California & DuPont, Washington.
A few months ago, Hannah returned to the Cayman Islands. Since then, she has shown no signs of slowing down. Hannah is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University online, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism while working full time as an Executive Officer at the Youth Services Unit.
Hannah hopes to one day become a Tourism Ambassador with the Ministry of Tourism so that she can bring Cayman to the World through Hospitality.