Small hotels in the Caribbean and travel agents are set to realise tremendous benefit with the introduction of an online booking engine by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
CTO will launch the booking engine at the 26th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC-26) next month, said Arley Sobers, the organisation’s director of research and information management.
“We are placing particular emphasis on small hotels which we want to bring into the new technological environment,” said Mr. Sobers.
“The booking engine will also have a capability for travel agents to book online and to get their commissions and for tour operators and large businesses to be able to purchase large numbers of rooms,” he added.
CTC-26 takes place at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from October 16-18, 2003. The theme of this year’s conference is “Recovery & Growth in a Fiercely Competitive Environment.”
Packed with dynamic speakers, seminars and workshops, CTC-26 will focus on practical approaches to sustaining and building on the recovery which the Caribbean tourism sector is beginning to experience after two very difficult years.
p>A series of business meetings will precede the official conference opening on Thursday, October 16, 2003. These CTO business meetings take place Oct. 13-15 and include meetings of the Ministers of Tourism, the Directors of Tourism, CTO’s Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents. The Marketing Committee, Sustainable Tourism Development Committee, Caribbean Blue Flag Committee, Human Resource Development Committee, Executive Committee, Cruise Committee and the Aviation Committee will also hold meetings ahead of the official opening.
CTC-26 is organised by CTO in collaboration with the USVI Department of Tourism.
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