Three days of provocative conversation and spirited debates on the biggest issues affecting the Caribbean’s primary economic earner, the tourism sector are promised at an upcoming conference.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s State of the Industry Conference runs from 10-12 October in St. Kitts and will see some of the sector’s most interesting and creative thinkers and doers share innovative ideas on how to develop a winning strategy for the industry.
Among the issues up for discussion are the changing face of world travel & tourism and what makes us winners. An explosive session titled, “The Challenge of Regional Transportation – Where is the Solution?” is expected to produce creative responses to the existing intra-regional transportation problems.
Already, some high profile presenters have confirmed their participation. These include the Minister of Tourism of the Seychelles, Alain St. Ange and Visit Britain’s Marketing Director Laurence Bresh.
The State of the Industry Conference, which has as its theme, “Developing A Winning Tourism Strategy”, is well suited for ministers, commissioners and directors of tourism; public officials, hoteliers, attractions, or anyone with an interest in Caribbean tourism.
The event is being organised by the tourism organisation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism of St. Kitts. It will be preceded by a series of business meetings, including the meeting of the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism, during which elections will be held for a new Caribbean Tourism Organisation chairman.
Member countries of the organisation have already started to plan and put together projects as they join in observing Caribbean Tourism Month during November.
The month of activities is aimed at raising awareness among the people of the Caribbean of the importance of tourism in the Caribbean and to raise the profile of Caribbean tourism in the marketplace, said the organisation
This year’s theme “One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean”, places emphasis on the many attributes that we share as a region.
The organisation plans to jump start the month with a lecture on the genealogy of the Caribbean. A contest is also being planned, giving persons the opportunity to win tickets to regional destination and cruises on board Princess Cruise Lines in conjunction with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.