Timeshare, tourism 
conferences set

The Caribbean hosts two major hotel, timeshare and tourism conferences this month.

The Shared Ownership Investment Conference, which takes place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados on Tuesday, 31 May, and Wednesday, 1 June, represents an opportunity for timeshare and fractional ownership stakeholders to meet and participate in industry updates.

The conference was first held in 1998 to educate prospective entrants, lenders, and government officials about resort development opportunities around the globe, explained David Gilbert of Interval International.

Interval is a timeshare exchange company which represents a number of resorts in the Cayman Islands including 7 Mile Beach Resort, Plantation Village, Ramada Grand Caymanian, The Reef and Sunshine Suites. Hospitality and tourism leaders will explore trends and issues that affect future development in the Caribbean.

Investment conference

The conference will be held immediately prior to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Conference, which runs until Friday, 3 June. “We are very pleased that Interval has chosen to schedule its conference prior to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Conference… as this will provide our members with the opportunity to attend both events and learn how shared ownership can offer new revenue streams and operational efficiencies,” said Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

Speakers and panellists at the hotel and tourism conference include Bryan Payea of TripAdvisor. That company’s head of industry relations will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Payea leads the trade relations practice, where he focuses on fostering communications with the travel industry and strengthening the ties between TripAdvisor and the hospitality community. Other confirmed panellists and speakers include Jean-Claude Baumgarten, vice chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Ian Burns of new budget airline RedJet and Hugh Riley, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s secretary-general.

This year the conference theme is Tourism Is Key, which relates to the Hotel and Tourism Association’s advocacy campaign designed to raise awareness for the importance of tourism on all Caribbean communities and how all industries are linked to tourism.