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  • Photo of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations

    Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations

    Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a Hub and Spoke organization. He said he is pleased that the focus on strengthening the National Hotel and Tourism Associations (NHTAs) throughout the region is evolving quickly. He also cites a new era of…

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  • Statement by the Caribbean Tourism Organization on the influx of Sargassum seaweed

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues 11 Aug 2015 – The seasonal influx of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has got the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers and practitioners across  the region. Sargassum is a natural occurrence believed to originate  in the Sargasso Sea, a two million-square-mile  body of warm water in the north Atlantic near Bermuda, although…

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  • Photo of Jetblue CEO to keynote CTO State of the Industry Conference

    Jetblue CEO to keynote CTO State of the Industry Conference

    (BRIDGETOWN, Barbados)– The head of one of the world’s most acclaimed airlines will keynote the region’s most valued tourism gathering. The president and chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways, Robin Hayes, will address the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), which takes place from 21 -23 October in Curaçao. Mr. Hayes joins an impressive list of…

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  • Photo of Region’s premier tourism conference to focus on growth through innovation

    Region’s premier tourism conference to focus on growth through innovation

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curaçao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to continuously introduce new ideas, methods and products in order to remain competitive, said the CTO Secretary General, Hugh Riley. The…

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  • Photo of 2015 State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) (20 – 23 October 2015), Curaçao

    2015 State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) (20 – 23 October 2015), Curaçao

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Curaçao Tourist Board have announced the dates for the region’s leading tourism forum, the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) 2015. Curaçao will host SOTIC from 21- 23 October 2015 at the famous World Trade Center in Willemstad, bringing together senior industry decision makers and interested partners to address the biggest concerns and…

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  • Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Secretary General Presents The State Of The Industry Report 2014

    The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Secretary General, Hugh Riley, presented the State of the Industry Report 2014 at a news conference at the CTO HQ in Barbados on Tuesday 10 February. There, he declared:   “With a strong year for air travel, a positive performance by the accommodation sector, solid growth in cruise visits and faster-than-expected rise in stay-over arrivals, the…

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  • Photo of Record tourist arrival and earnings for Caribbean – CTO

    Record tourist arrival and earnings for Caribbean – CTO

     More than 26 million visitors and over US$29 billion in earnings in 2014 ~ The Caribbean welcomed a record 26.3 million tourists in 2014, a 5.3 per cent rise over the previous year. These visitors spent  US$29.2 billion, itself a record. The Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Richard Sealy, and the secretary general, Hugh Riley, along with the…

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  • Tourism Minister Asot Michael secures CTO debt reduction at   Caribbean Tourism Organisation Ministerial Meeting in San Juan

    (SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico…… January 29, 2015) – Ahead of the opening of the annual CHA Caribbean Marketplace convention in San Juan Puerto Rico, The Honourable Asot Michael, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy caucused with his fellow Caribbean Tourism Ministers on the way forward for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). The regional body is tasked with…

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  • Cuba an integral part of CTO’s diversity

    This week’s announcement of a change in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States is a welcome opportunity to increase tourist arrivals to the Caribbean. With the US already being the region’s largest source market, producing nearly half of our tourism business, this new development could enhance those numbers. Last year we welcomed over 12 million Americans to our…

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  • CTO Statement on New Changes in the British APD

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (3 Dec 2014) -The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomes today’s announcement by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, of further changes to the Air Passenger Duty (APD) from next May. The Chancellor has announced in his December 3rd Autumn Statement the abolition of APD for children under the age of 12 from next May, one month…

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