Tourism is key regional topic

A number of conferences are taking
place in the Caribbean and Florida region this month as the tourism industry
ramps up for high season.

In Orlando, timeshare professionals,
developers, architects and bankers were to discuss fractional ownership at the
Vacation Ownership Investment conference from 4 to 6 October. The state of the
industry was addressed by a panel that included representatives of Smith Travel
Research, the Research Intelligence Group, the American Resort Development
Association and Deloitte & Touche.

Also, professionals from Royal
Resorts, Caribbean, Baker & McKenzie and ResortCom International discussed
development opportunities in Mexico and the Caribbean.

 

Caribbean tourism discussed

At the Caribbean Media Exchange in
Kingston, Jamaica, the chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board said that tourism
growth was evident so far in 2010.

John Lynch, analysing statistics
provided by the World Tourism Organisation, said that worldwide there has been
a 7 per cent increase in the first half of 2010.

In the Caribbean, he noted, the
improvement was better than 2008 and 2009 but still slower than the global
trend.

Ewart Brown, premier and minister
of tourism for Bermuda, received the World Leadership Award from the Caribbean
Media Exchange. It is given to those who inspire others in their life’s work to
the cause of sustainable tourism and development.

Mr, Brown said he was humbled and
deeply gratified to receive the award.

“In Bermuda, we have made
tremendous strides to revive our once moribund tourism industry. From targeting
new air carriers to improving existing hotel properties and attracting new
properties to our island, we have begun a tourism turnaround that will continue
for years to come.”

From 8 to 11 October, Caribbean
tourism leaders will converge on Barbados for the annual Leadership Strategy
Conference. Ministers and permanent secretaries of all industries dealing with
tourism, labour unions, airlines, airports, hoteliers and private and public
sector travel professionals will discuss key issues and strategy. Willie Walsh,
chief executive officer of British Airways, will address the conference.

 

Cuba talks education

Havana will hold the International
Conference on Sustainable EduTourism on 8 and 9 November. The conference will
concentrate on opportunities and benefits that might come from educational,
cultural and hospitality sectors working together to promote an area’s
educational pull for tourists, organisers said in a news release.

“Cuba has focused heavily on
tourism and education over the past few decades and exemplifies a sustainable
EduTourism destination. EduTourism is travel for the purpose of formal or
informal learning in a unique local environment. This creates a socially and
economically sustainable tourism product that benefits both the region and its
visitors,” the press release said.