The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism have chosen the Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Island
to host for the 29th Annual Caribbean Tourism ConferenceThe event will take place on Oct.
The theme of this year’s conference is Cooperation, Innovation,
Rejuvenation. Creating a Brand New Caribbean.
For the second year in a row, conference participants will earn continuing education
credits through George Washington University for attending the CTC Master Classes.
Master Classes involve in-depth study of topics affecting the tourism industry using
case studies and best-practices. They are designed for travel agents as well as
Other program highlights include hotel and site inspections for travel agents,
destination spotlight presentations for agents, specialized workshops, and the very
popular Condé Nast Traveler “My Caribbean Essay Contest” and the Travel + Leisure
In addition, there are guided product tours for general delegates, media activities
presented by the host venue and by other CTO member countries, and awards events -
including the Fourth Annual Travel Writer and Photographer Awards and the Second
Annual Creativity in Travel Awards for travel agents.
A series of business meetings involving Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism, the
Board of Directors and various CTO committees will immediately precede the
The conference is the Caribbean region’s premier caucus of tourism decision-makers
and an important event on the calendar of tourism practitioners and individuals
doing business with the Caribbean.
This year, CTO and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expect to host over 600 tourism
industry officials representing Caribbean governments, hotels, airlines, cruise
lines, travel agents, tour operators, strategic partners and media representatives
from around the world.