Skyauction, CHA team up for green summit

CHA and Skyauction.com are extending their room exchange program to Caribbean hotel members that wish to participate in the upcoming Green Globe Tourism Conference to be held November 1st - 3rd at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.“This is great news, especially for the small properties, given the interest many of them have showed - and the potential benefits for them. Now this important hotel sector of the Caribbean Hotel Association has an alternative means of paying for their registration, one that offers them the additional marketing benefit of online visibility at no additional cost.” said Deirdre Shurland, director of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST).

The Room Exchange Program allows CHA members to trade room nights as fulfillment for the participation in CHA events, membership fees or Gold Book advertising. Skyauction researches the auction value of the hotel’s rooms using tools as the hotel’s website, Expedia, Travelocity, and Skyauction.com’s own expertise in the industry, to determine the number of room-nights that would be needed to fulfill the dues. The hotel would then sign a Skyauction.com agreement for the required number of nights.

“Enhancing the Business of Tourism - The Path to Sustainability” is the general theme of the Green Globe International and Caribbean Green Tourism Conference. During three days, sustainability experts, industry leaders, as well as public, private and non-government organizations representatives will meet to re-state the problems, define the urgencies and discuss the future of sustainable development in the Caribbean. The main goal of the conference is to determine the priorities and actions that Green Globe Asia Pacific, CAST and their industry partners should pursue over the next two years, in service to the regional tourism industry.

Registration is open for all tourism related companies and industry sectors with fees starting at US$225.00 for small business (hotels with 75 rooms or less and companies with less than 50 employees) and affordable room rates from US$160.00 per night at the Half Moon Hotel. Daily conference registration rates are also available at US$175.00 (Wednesday and Thursday) and US$100.00 (Friday) per delegate. The Conference secretariat is working to secure airline discounts and details will be posted shortly on www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com .

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for companies that want to show their commitment with the sustainable development of Caribbean’s tourism product. To support the Green Globe International & Green Tourism Conference, please contact Deirdre P. Shurland via e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone: 787-725-9139 ext. 243.

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To register in the Green Globe International & Caribbean Green Tourism Conference either with the Room Exchange Program or by regular registration, fill out the Delegate Registration Form available at www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com and send it by fax at 787-725-9108. Questions about registration and accommodations should be directed to Victor Lebron, Conferences & Events Manager at [email protected] or by phone at 787-725-9139 ext. 224.
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