In support of earlier stories featured on CTN, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Madrid, the international tourism industry has seen improved results in recent months. In the Caribbean most destinations reported positive or even very positive figures. Due to the weakness of the dollar most destinations have become cheaper for vacationers from Europe and Canada. Since the low point in 2002 the Caribbean has undergone a continuous improvement. Some of the main destinations have been particularly successful: Dominican Republic (+ 20 %), Cuba (+14 %) and Jamaica (+7 %). Increases have also been achieved by Puerto Rico (+3 %) and the Bahamas (+2 %).
The slogan of the Caribbean Forum at the ITB 2004 is “The Caribbean en vogue”. Following welcoming addresses from Dr. Jean Holder, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Barbados, and Rita Morozow, Vice President, Caribbean Working Group (AGK), Frankfurt am Main, current and future marketing activities will be presented by Julia Hendry, Director of Marketing Europe (CTO), London.
The 5th Caribbean Forum will continue with contributions to the discussions from Ewald Biemans, General Manager, Bucuti Beach Resort, Aruba, and Caribbean Hotelier of the Year 2002, Anke Fritz, Caribbean Product Manager for Dertour GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt am Main, Royston Hopkin, General Manager, Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada, Hartmut Holtmann, Managing Director, KH + P Yachtcharter, Stuttgart, and Thomas Cook Airlines, Oberursel, on the subject of “Value for Money in the Caribbean”. This event will be chaired by Professor Dr. Albrecht von Gleich, HWWA Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv.