Summit to discuss airlift issues

The Caribbean Tourism Summit & Outlook Seminar taking place on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 June at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Jamaica will focus on crucial issues facing the region including creation of airlift options, rising global competition for tourists, and the importance of developing human resources to provide the service and experiences that today’s vacationers expect.

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association have collaborated on bringing the inaugural Caribbean Tourism summit to life. It is expected to bring together tourism officials and hoteliers from across the region, as well as interested parties from the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

The staging of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Black-tie Gala on 16 June at the culmination of the summit is designed to reunite tourism and hospitality leaders from the past and bring them together with today’s executives for a celebration to mark the occasion.

The central theme of the Caribbean Tourism Summit is on solving the perennial aviation problems that have challenged the region for the past 50 years. The General Sessions and invited speakers are as follows:

International Aviation Policy – Its Impact on Caribbean Tourism: Cyriel Kronenberg, IATA; Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica; David Scowsill, World Travel & Tourism Council; Taleb Rifai, UNWTO; Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Ministry of Tourism, The Bahamas and a representative from ICAO.

A Review of Existing Airlift Into and Within the Caribbean and Projections for Future Development: Ian Burns, REDJet; Peter Dolara, American Airlines; Roberto Kriete, Latin America Air Transport Association; John Lynch, Jamaica Tourist Board and a representative from JetBlue.

How Competitive is the Caribbean Vacation Experience?: Josef Forstmayr, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and Round Hill Hotel and Villas; Adam Sacks, Tourism Economics; Peter Yesawich, MMGY Global and representatives from US, European and Latin American tour operators.

Caribbean Hotels – Are They Being Upstaged by Competitors from the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia?: Sebastian Escarrer, Melia Hotels International; Peter Greenberg, CBS; and Gary Schweikert, Jumeirah Group.

People to People: The Importance of Service, Not Only in Hotels and Restaurants, but with Taxis, Shopping and in Government Services: Hugh Riley, Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

Independence celebrated

“This is also Jamaica’s 50th year of independence,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism,

“Which is a perfect backdrop for hosting this historic Caribbean Tourism Summit. There are several 50th anniversary activities which will enhance the experience for participants of the summit. We look forward to showcasing our unique culture at this prestigious event.”

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Golden Jubilee marked a historic occasion in the Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry, said Josef Forstmayr, president of the association.

“The Caribbean Tourism Summit brings to the forefront those discussions and topics that are crucial to our development as we begin our next 50 years,” During the Caribbean Tourism Summit, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association will inaugurate the new president for the 2012-14 biennium. Additionally, there will be the presentation of coveted industry awards including Caribbean Employee of the Year, Caribbean Supervisor of the Year, Caribbean Allied Member of the Year and Caribbean Association Executive of the Year and Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.

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