A lively programme of activities is promised by the Caribbean’s tourism development agency for what they describe as “one of the most culturally explosive weeks in New York City”.
Caribbean Week in New York is a week of activities showcasing the warmth, spirit and vibrancy that make the Caribbean the most desirable warm weather destination and takes place from 1 to 8 June this year.
A holiday fair at which prospective travellers to the Caribbean can purchase special deals is among the new elements to the week which has become one of the most important events on the tourism calendar in the Big Apple, said Johnson JohnRose of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the body behind the event.
“The One Caribbean Vacation Marketplace will offer specially priced Caribbean holidays and indigenous Caribbean products at special prices available only during Caribbean Week. Professional retail travel agents will close the sales in an environment that evokes the colours and energy of the Caribbean,” he said.
The One Caribbean Vacation Marketplace takes place on Wednesday, 5 June, from 5 to 10pm at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue.
A Gospel Celebration which takes place on Saturday, 1 June, from 6 to 9pm. The programme will feature inspirational messages interspersed with gospel, dance and other performances by talented and accomplished Caribbean artistes. A number of well-known gospel performers, including Wendy Mitchell, have already confirmed their participation in this celebration of the region’s unity and diversity by the Caribbean Diaspora and friends of the Caribbean.
Caribbean Week in New York ends with signature event, Rum & Rhythm, from 6.30 to 10.30pm on Friday 7 June at the Tribeca 360 on 10 Desbrosses Street in New York. There, rum and food lovers will sample top-shelf, award-winning Caribbean rums and enjoy traditional Caribbean cuisine and rum-infused delicacies prepared by celebrity chefs from the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean. They’ll also mix and mingle with celebrated Caribbean entertainers, rum aficionados and renowned Caribbean personalities at the quintessential Caribbean experience.
Other activities on the Caribbean Week in New York calendar, said Mr. JohnRose, include the fascinating Students’ Colloquium at which Caribbean students studying at the tertiary level present sustainable tourism projects that are practical and can provide a sustainable source of income for Caribbean nationals; the Caribbean Diaspora Forum, developed in collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Caribbean Media Marketplace where Caribbean Tourism Organization member governments and private sector exhibitors interact with leading journalists from trade and consumer press and the Caribbean Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon, organized by the Allied members, during which the latest cutting edge marketing trends are presented and people who have made significant contributions to the region’s tourism development are recognised.
For more information, call the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office at (212) 635-9530.