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CTO upbeat about 2023 Caribbean tourism outlook

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17th March 2023

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is voicing optimism on the region’s tourism prospects for the remainder of 2023.

Speaking in Barbados during the organisation’s launch of the 2022 “Tourism Performance and Outlook Report,” Acting Secretary General of the CTO, Neil Walters declared that the Caribbean had one of the quickest recovery rates globally.

Some 28.3mn tourists visited the region in 2022, representing 88.6% of pre-pandemic 2019 visitor arrivals. This performance was buoyed by a 28.1% increase in US tourists, reaching 14.6mn compared to the 11.4mn from that market in 2021.

The CTO noted that while travel restrictions imposed by Canada in early 2022 saw a slower 60% recovery, and major declines in intra-regional connectivity impacted the numbers, “arrivals from the European market increased by 81% in 2022 when compared to 2021”. The 5.2mn tourists from this market were almost double the 2.8mn in 2021 accounting for 18.3% of all arrivals in 2022.

The organisation attributed the improvement to shorter travel restrictions, pent-up demand, and surplus savings accrued during the pandemic, as well as “strategic marketing initiatives and the restoration of some of the airlift capacity between more markets and the Caribbean”.

“Nearly 90% of the region’s travel demand for 2019 has already been recovered,” said Walters, adding that destinations such as Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands had already surpassed their pre-pandemic performance. All 27 Caribbean destinations showed an increase in annual stayover arrivals of between 8.3% and 16%.

Revenue in the sector was also up in 2022. Global data company STR reported that the average daily rate at hotels increased by 21.7% to US$290.60 in 2022 on the strength of an uptick in revenue per available room by 66.4% to US$176.46.  The number of available rooms also increased by 4.4% while room income jumped by 73.6%.

All told, data estimates that visitors to the Caribbean region spent between US$36.5bn and $37.5bn in 2022, a significant increase of 70% to 75% when compared to 2021. “As a region, we have responded with hope, strength and the determination to prevail,” said CTO Council of Ministers and Commissioners Chairman and Cayman Islands’ Minister of Tourism and Transport, Kenneth Bryan.

“So, although we have not yet surpassed 2019’s numbers across the board in every jurisdiction, the needle is certainly moving in the right direction,” said Bryan as he voiced optimism about 2023.

The CTO expects that this year, the region will record a 10% to 15% bump in arrivals over its record performance in 2019, when the region welcomed 32mn land-based visitors. “This means that between 31.2 and 32.6 million tourists can be expected to visit the region this year,” said Acting Secretary General Walters.

Prospects for cruise tourism are also on the mend. “All berths in the region have reopened and are expanding. As more ships are deployed to the region, the capacity for cruises will rise and demand will stay high,” predicted Walters. He revealed that estimates put cruise tourists visiting the Caribbean in 2023 at between 32mn and 33mn, an overall increase of 5% to 10% over the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

To ensure continued recovery, the CTO said that it is focused on growing its membership, including countries, territories as well as allied partners.

“It is also my intention to strengthen the relationships with other organizations, such as the United Nations World Travel Organization, the World Travel and Tourism Council, and even the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA), to foster greater collaboration,” said Chairman Bryan, announcing the return of CTO’s Caribbean Week in New York from 5 to 8 June this year.

Bryan confirmed that consideration is being given to the restructuring of the organisation and reforming its strategic vision and direction for the next five years, which includes the appointment of a new Secretary General and addressing the vexing issue of regional air connectivity.

“It would be illogical for me to promise a solution to this issue during my tenure as chairman. But what I can and will commit to is getting the players around the table to forensically examine what we need to do as a unified region to improve this scenario and start the ball rolling towards the solution,” promised the CTO Chairman.

This is a lead article from Caribbean Insight, The Caribbean Council’s flagship fortnightly publication. From The Bahamas to French Guiana, each edition consists of country-by-country analysis of the leading news stories of consequence, distilling business and political developments across the Caribbean into a single must-read publication. Please follow the links on the right-hand side of this page to subscribe, or access a free trial .

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Caribbean Week 2024 Set to Sparkle in New York City

NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2024) — The much-awaited Caribbean Week, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), is scheduled to light up New York City from June 16-21, 2024. This event, a highlight on the calendar for travel industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, will be held at the InterContinental New York Times Square in the bustling heart of midtown Manhattan.

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Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of special rates offered by the conference host hotel through May 16. Further information on activities is available at https://www.onecaribbean.org/caribbean-week-new-york-2024 .

“There’s always business in the New York tri-state area, and we have a burgeoning diaspora that we must connect with,” said Harris, the Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands. “June is a great time for us to come together as a region and celebrate what we do well during Caribbean-American Heritage Month.”

Under the banner of CTO’s 35th anniversary theme, “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity”, Caribbean Week 2024 will showcase a dynamic lineup of events and business meetings. These sessions will involve the CTO Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Ministerial Council. The discussions will focus on the critical issues shaping the evolution and growth of Caribbean tourism, providing an opportunity for robust and strategic dialogue.

The week begins with a church service and a Business and Tourism Marketing Symposium. The Caribbean Media Awards, honoring journalists and influencers who have notably promoted Caribbean tourism, will return alongside the much-anticipated Media Marketplace.

In line with fostering innovation, a special session dedicated to artificial intelligence will underscore the organization’s forward-thinking approach. Additionally, the spotlight will be on the impactful work of the CTO Foundation and the recently launched Jean Holder Scholarship.

A wide range of topics will be covered, including service excellence, enhancing connections between New York City and the region, airlift strategies, multicultural marketing, travel trade relations, public relations, crisis communications, and smart destination management. Further emphasizing inclusivity and leadership, the week will feature a leadership breakfast and awards ceremony focused on women’s empowerment, alongside a Cricket Ceremony and Watch Party.

Supported by headline sponsor the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, gold sponsor the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, and the Caribbean Media Exchange, Caribbean Week in New York promises an unforgettable experience.

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Applications open for 2024.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation is announcing its Call for Applications for Scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year.

The main aim of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in tourism and tourism-related disciplines, hospitality and language training. 

The Scholarship Foundation selects from among the applicants individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the development of the Caribbean.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation offers tuition only scholarships and grants. Recipients may pursue their studies within or outside the region. Applicants must provide details of how they will cover the difference in their tuition should the scholarship be insufficient to cover all additional costs associated with the course of study.

Applicants must identify the scholarship or discipline for the grant for which they are applying. Applicants may apply for up to two scholarships or grant, but must submit a separate application for each. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered and all applications must be submitted online. 

This year, the CTO Scholarship Foundation will be offering the following scholarships and grants:

The Jean Holder Memorial Scholarship The Audrey Palmer Hawks Memorial Scholarship The Arley Sobers Memorial Scholarship The Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship A limited number of grants

The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 10 May 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Late applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted online and will not be accepted via mail, email, or fax.

Scholarship and grant winners will be announced by the end of June 2024, so that funds may be disbursed in July and August for the Fall Semester.

Applicants may study at the institution of their choice but must submit their acceptance letter from an accredited institution in order to be considered for a scholarship or grant.

How to Apply:

Fill in the form at: https://ctofoundation.shortstack.page/qXV0dQ

Graduate Studies and Scholarship Opportunities in Media at The New School

The Caribbean Tourism Organization Scholarship Foundation is pleased to partner with The New School by accepting its offer of a $50 application fee waiver to prospective Caribbean students interested in media, media business and other related graduate study and who want to apply to the Master of Science in Media Management or to the Master of Arts in Media Studies graduate programs for Fall 2024.

The Fall 2024 semester starts on August 27, 2024.

These master’s programs offer renewable scholarships that can cover 30 to 75% of tuition.

In addition, the Master of Science in Media Management or Master of Arts in Media Studies programs participate in the OAS-New School Partnership Scholarship . Current students in these programs are eligible to receive a one-time $4,000 award through OAS. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in one of the master’s programs and be citizens of an OAS member country. (U.S. citizens are not eligible).

For more information about the master’s programs, the application fee waiver, and these scholarship opportunities, contact: Merida Escandon Gasbarro, Senior Director of Admission, at [email protected].  

Types of Scholarships Available for 2024

The jean holder memorial scholarship – up to $7,500.

The CTO Foundation is introducing this scholarship of up to $7,500 in the name of the late Jean Holder, who was considered by many as the father of Caribbean tourism development. Mr. Holder was instrumental in merging the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Centre (CTRC), which he headed from its inception in 1974, with the Caribbean Tourism Association to form the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in 1989. Holder was the CTO’s first Secretary General and served the region in that capacity until his retirement in 2004.

Subsequent to his retirement he served as Chairman of LIAT until 2019. Mr. Holder was a Cambridge educated Barbadian and visionary who served in the Barbados diplomatic corps prior to being seconded to the CTRC.

At the CTRC he promoted tourism education and training, tourism planning and research, as well as statistics, causes he continued to champion throughout his three decades as a servant of Caribbean tourism. While at the helm of the CTO, Mr. Holder was focused on making the region’s tourism product the envy other tourism destinations and felt that this could be achieved by changing the mindset in the Caribbean to understand that employment in the tourism industry provided a career of service. He stressed the need for Caribbean children to be taught the importance of tourism from a very early age so that they understood the importance of the sector as an economic driver. He was passionate about sustainable tourism in all of its aspects and was ahead of his time in encouraging the members of the organization to begin to put it into practice in their various countries. He was the architect of the region’s first eco-tourism conferences, and later, the Sustainable Tourism Conference. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the CTO Scholarship Foundation in 1997.

Mr. Holder served on the boards of the most important international tourism organizations and represented the Caribbean with pride, honour, skill and gravitas.

The Jean Holder Memorial Scholarship is being offered to a Caribbean national seeking to enhance their skill in any area of Sustainable Tourism Development.

Audrey Palmer Hawks Memorial Scholarship - up to US$5,000

A scholarship of up to US$5,000 is offered in the name of the late Mrs. Audrey Palmer Hawks who was the past director general of the Caribbean Tourism Association (CTA) based in New York, which eventually merged in 1989 with the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Centre based in Barbados, to form the Caribbean Tourism Organization.  Audrey Palmer Hawks was born in Guyana and grew up in Grenada. She graduated from Cornell University and entered public service in Grenada where she became a senator and then minister of state for tourism. She moved to New York as the public relations director of the CTA and became executive director.  For nine years she was director general of CTA, the first woman and the first Caribbean national to head the organization.   As director general, Audrey promoted the Caribbean not only in the United States, but worldwide. She was instrumental in developing a halftime Show, Salute to the Caribbean at Super Bowl X111 in 1979, and in setting up the award-winning Caribbean village at the ITB in Berlin. She died at the age of 44 in 1987.    The Audrey Palmer Hawks Memorial Scholarship is being offered to Caribbean nationals seeking to enhance their skills in public relations, communications or brand management.

Arley Sobers Memorial Scholarship - up to US$5, 000

The CTO Scholarship Foundation offers this scholarship of up to US$5,000.00 in the name of the late Arley Sobers, who was the director of information management and research and acting secretary general at the CTO when he passed away suddenly in 2008.

Mr. Sobers dedicated over two decades of his working life to the service of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. He was very determined to ensure that tourism statistical information and research disseminated with respect to the Caribbean was accurate, reliable and properly validated, thus reflecting the very high standards which he demanded of himself and of those who worked with him and his high regard for the work of the organization..

He was of high intellect, analytical, and very fair in his deliberations with all. From very early on in his career, he clearly recognised tourism’s importance to the economies of the Caribbean, and while Mr. Sobers worked primarily in the area of research and statistics, his overall influence and contribution to Caribbean tourism was wide reaching.

The Arley Sobers Memorial Scholarship is being offered to Caribbean nationals seeking to enhance their skills in tourism research or statistics, data science, information technology or cybersecurity.

Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship - up to US$5,000

The CTO Scholarship Foundation is offering this scholarship of up to US$5,000.00 in the name of the late Bonita Morgan who was director of resource mobilization and development at the Caribbean Tourism Organization, where she worked from April 1995 until her passing in 2018.

Mrs. Morgan had a great passion for the development of Caribbean youth and world class service and believed that Caribbean children should be introduced to the study of tourism, the major drive of the economy of the Caribbean, from a very young age. She dedicated the best part of her working life to helping release the potential of Caribbean people through education, training and professional development.

She advocated for having tourism on the curriculum of elementary schools, created the newsletter Caribbean Waves, to share tourism information with schools in the region, was instrumental in organizing the popular Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress and served as secretary of the CTO Foundation until her passing.

The Bonita Morgan Memorial Scholarship is being offered to Caribbean nationals seeking to enhance their skills in tourism education or human resources development.

CTO Scholarship Foundation Study Grant - up to US$2,500

These grants are being offered to Caribbean nationals seeking financial assistance to improve their skills in any tourism-related field of study that will enhance the development of a sustainable tourism industry and boost service excellence in the region.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation is offering these study grants to Caribbean nationals seeking financial assistance to improve their skills in any tourism related field of study that will enhance the development of a sustainable tourism industry and boost service excellence in the region. These include tourism marketing, aeronautics, media, agrotourism, horticulture, event planning, piloting and a wide range of other disciplines.

Grant amounts do not exceed US$2, 500.

Other Scholarships & Grants Offered in the Past

Thomas j. greenan scholarship - us$5,000.

Thomas J. Greenan was one of the founders of Adya Global, LLC., an organization committed to sharing the beauty of the world with all and in ways that honour and respect the land and people who inhabit the land. Adya works to create sustainable and equitable relationships with their partners across the globe that are community-based and focused on agro and gastro production capabilities.

Adya’s leadership team is comprised of individuals with expertise both in the sectors represented by the organisation and in the higher education and non-profit worlds, allowing potential interns an immersive experience at the cutting edge of sustainability and equity efforts especially when it comes to reparative relationships with partner countries still coming out of the long legacy of colonialism. 

Thomas intimately understood the need to balance the work Adya does with its mission to honour those they partner with. This scholarship of US$5,000 plus internship at Adya Global, will allow Interns to help carry this legacy forward.

CTO Scholarship Foundation/Delta Air Lines Scholarship

This scholarship of up to US$5,000 was being offered to Caribbean nationals interested in pursuing studies in aviation or air transport technologies.

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One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is the Caribbean’s regional tourism development agency .

The CTO was established in 1989 and was set up with the aim of being an organized body to focus on the entire region of the Caribbean as a single destination entity .

Now, with a membership of over 30 countries and territories, as well as private sector members, the CTO is the region’s umbrella agency for the international promotion of the tourism industry for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people.

Sustainable Tourism

The CTO’s vision is to ‘position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination by 2017’ , with a focus on sustainable tourism .

The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable regional tourism and the overall Caribbean tourism product .

According to the CTO’s website, the term ‘sustainable tourism’ in the Caribbean is understood as the optimal use of natural, cultural, social and financial resources for tourism development on both regional and international levels.

The goal is to provide a unique tourist experience and quality of life through strategic partnerships on all tiers – government, the private sector and communities.

CTO members work towards designing and implementing sustainable tourism policies and programs , with the help of the overarching CTO.

How Does The CTO Function?

The Organization consists of both government and private sector operatives in tourism. Its members include destination countries as well as private companies involved in providing holidays to the region; companies such as airlines, hotels, cruise operators and travel agencies.

There are chapters of the CTO all over the world, each with the key objective to promote travel to the Caribbean .

Countries pay for membership and contribute to a Regional Marketing Fund (RMF), based on a tourism arrivals formula.

Want the full list of destination members ? Please see the CTO’s website for information about each member ( www.onecaribbean.org/destinations ).

There are government and non-government members of the CTO.

Government members – countries are represented on the CTO’s Council of Ministers and Board of Directors by tourism government officials .

Representing Barbados is the Hon. Richard Sealy , Minister for Tourism and International Transport (current as at October 2014).

Non-government members include:

— allied members – companies, corporations, firms, organizations, agencies and individuals providing goods and services to, or are otherwise engaged in, the Caribbean tourism industry.

— affiliate members – tourism industry organizations whose objectives and activities complement those of the CTO (in the opinion of the Board of Directors).

Need to know more? For more detailed information on government members see www.onecaribbean.org/members-lists/government-members , and for non-government members see www.onecaribbean.org/members-lists/non-government-members .

It’s All About Collaboration

The CTO aims to bring forth closer collaboration in Caribbean tourism among its members, and assists its member countries to maximize on their international marketing opportunities, with a view to focus the world’s attention on the Caribbean as one of the world’s outstanding tourist destinations.

The Organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.

Want To Know More?

Refer to the CTO’s website at www.onecaribbean.org . The CTO headquarters is based in Barbados with marketing offices in the United States (New York), the United Kingdom (London) and Canada (Toronto).

Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Head Office Ground Floor Baobab Tower, Warrens St. Michael Barbados T : (246) 427-5242 E : [email protected]

Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) New York 80 Broad Street Suite 3302 NY 10004 New York USA T : (212) 635-9530 E : [email protected] W : www.caribbeantravel.com

Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) London 22 The Quadrant Richmond Surrey, TW9 1BP United Kingdom T : (44) 208 948 0057 E : [email protected] W : www.caribbean.co.uk

Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Canada 512 Duplex Avenue Toronto, M4R 2E3 Canada T : (416) 485-8724 E : [email protected]

There are also CTO offices in Europe. To see the list of locations, please visit the CTO website at www.onecaribbean.org/contact-cto .

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CTO Caribbean Media Awards 2024 to Celebrate Excellence in Journalism

CTO Caribbean Media Awards 2024

Cto caribbean media awards 2024 to celebrate excellence in journalism.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced the return of its Caribbean Media Awards, the prestigious honor given to journalists and influencers whose work has significantly contributed to the promotion of Caribbean tourism.

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The awards ceremony, set to spotlight outstanding media contributions from the United States and the Caribbean, is scheduled to take place amidst the vibrant celebrations of Caribbean Week in New York, from June 16 to 21, 2024.

Entries are sought in the following award categories:

  • Best Feature Article or Story: Recognizes excellence in long-form storytelling (print or online) that provides in-depth analysis, compelling narratives, and unique perspectives on Caribbean culture, history, etc.
  • Best News Reporting: Honors exceptional reporting of breaking news, events, or issues of significance to the Caribbean region that demonstrates accuracy and journalistic integrity.
  • Best Podcast/Radio: Celebrates excellence in podcasting/radio reporting, whether itʼs storytelling, interviews or discussions offering engaging and informative Caribbean content.
  • Best Photojournalism: Celebrates impactful visual storytelling through photography, capturing the essence of life in the Caribbean region, from daily life to cultural events, natural landscapes, or social issues.
  • Best Video Production:  Honors outstanding video production, including broadcast news segments, short films, or online video content that showcases the richness and diversity of Caribbean culture, people and landscapes.
  • Best Social Media Campaign: Recognizes innovative and effective social media campaigns (by journalists or influencers) that engage audiences, raise awareness, or promote positive change on issues relevant to the Caribbean region.
  • Best Personal Immersive Story : Highlights a feature story that demonstrated time in the destination, integration and deep exploration of off-the-beaten-path in a destination.
  • Diaspora Journalist of the Year: Honors members of the Diaspora community who impact tourism in the Caribbean region through their storytelling.
  • Emerging Journalist of the Year: Spotlights the achievements of up-and-coming journalists, reporters or content creators who have demonstrated exceptional talent, potential and commitment to excellence in Caribbean media.

Check: The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe (2024)

Eligibility of CTO Caribbean Media Awards

  • Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.
  • Minimum circulation for newspaper or magazine entries is 20,000 (1,000 for Caribbean media).
  • Only one entry per person per category will be accepted.
  • Submissions should showcase creativity and thoughtful knowledge of the Caribbean and have a provocative story angle.

Also Check: The 2024 call for applications to UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now open!

Selection Criteria for CTO Caribbean Media Awards

Criteria for the judging of entries shall be:

  • Content – Relevance, accuracy, cohesiveness of material, adherence to journalistic standards
  • Structure & Form – Relevance of topic, clarity, pace, structure (introduction, development and conclusion), presentation of information and ideas
  • Title – Relevance of title, concision, clarity
  • Quality of Language – Use of language, quality of syntax, quality of sentence structure
  • Originality – Originality of ideas, ability to spark audienceʼs curiosity, boldness, creativity

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NEW YORK, NY – The much-awaited Caribbean Week , hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), is scheduled to light up New York City from June 16-21, 2024. This event, a highlight on the calendar for travel industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, will be held at the InterContinental New York Times Square in the bustling heart of midtown Manhattan.

Rosa Harris , Chairman of the CTO Board of Directors and the week’s spokesperson, said the intergovernmental organization was pleased to return to “The Big Apple” in 2024 to connect with the region’s culture and heritage and have serious conversations about “the business of tourism and the business of the Caribbean.”

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of special rates offered by the conference host hotel through May 16.

“There’s always business in the New York tri-state area, and we have a burgeoning diaspora that we must connect with, ” said Harris, the Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands. “June is a great time for us to come together as a region and celebrate what we do well during Caribbean-American Heritage Month.”

Under the banner of CTO’s 35th anniversary theme, “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity” , Caribbean Week 2024 will showcase a dynamic lineup of events and business meetings. These sessions will involve the CTO Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Ministerial Council. The discussions will focus on the critical issues shaping the evolution and growth of Caribbean tourism, providing an opportunity for robust and strategic dialogue.

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Caribbean Week 2024 Set to Sparkle in New York City

Caribbean Week Spokesperson Rosa Harris

The much-awaited Caribbean Week, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), is scheduled to light up New York City from June 16-21, 2024. This event, a highlight on the calendar for travel industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, will be held at the InterContinental New York Times Square in the bustling heart of midtown Manhattan.

Rosa Harris, Chairman of the CTO Board of Directors and the week’s spokesperson, said the intergovernmental organization was pleased to return to “The Big Apple” in 2024 to connect with the region’s culture and heritage and have serious conversations about “the business of tourism and the business of the Caribbean.”

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of special rates offered by the conference host hotel through May 16. Further information on activities is available at https://www.onecaribbean.org/caribbean-week-new-york-2024 .

“There’s always business in the New York tri-state area, and we have a burgeoning diaspora that we must connect with,” said Harris, the Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands. “June is a great time for us to come together as a region and celebrate what we do well during Caribbean-American Heritage Month.”

Under the banner of CTO’s 35th anniversary theme, “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity”, Caribbean Week 2024 will showcase a dynamic lineup of events and business meetings. These sessions will involve the CTO Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Ministerial Council. The discussions will focus on the critical issues shaping the evolution and growth of Caribbean tourism, providing an opportunity for robust and strategic dialogue.

The week begins with a church service and a Business and Tourism Marketing Symposium. The Caribbean Media Awards, honoring journalists and influencers who have notably promoted Caribbean tourism, will return alongside the much-anticipated Media Marketplace.

In line with fostering innovation, a special session dedicated to artificial intelligence will underscore the organization’s forward-thinking approach. Additionally, the spotlight will be on the impactful work of the CTO Foundation and the recently launched Jean Holder Scholarship.

A wide range of topics will be covered, including service excellence, enhancing connections between New York City and the region, airlift strategies, multicultural marketing, travel trade relations, public relations, crisis communications, and smart destination management. Further emphasizing inclusivity and leadership, the week will feature a leadership breakfast and awards ceremony focused on women’s empowerment, alongside a Cricket Ceremony and Watch Party.

Supported by headline sponsor the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, gold sponsor the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, and the Caribbean Media Exchange, Caribbean Week in New York promises an unforgettable experience.

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