CTDC pushing passport initiative

The Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC) has
partnered with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to make it easier than ever
for consumers to apply for their passports.During the CTDC’s Caribbean Fair cultural extravaganza, Tuesday, June 12 at South
Street Seaport Piers 16 and 17, USPS representatives will be present to help Fair
attendees who are U.S. citizens apply for their passports from 11 am - 2 pm. The
Caribbean Fair is one of many events taking place during CTDC’s annual Caribbean
Week 2007 in New York City which brings numerous Caribbean festivities to New York.
According to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which went into effect
in January 2007, all U.S. citizens are required to present a passport when returning
to the U.S. by air from the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, South and Central America
and Canada. In 2008 travelers arriving by cruise ship or land crossing will also be
required to have a passport. CTO member countries - Puerto Rico and the United
States Virgin Islands - are exempt from this U.S. government requirement.
“Since we are bringing the flair, flavor and warmth of the Caribbean to New York, we
believe it is important to assist consumers interested in visiting the Caribbean by
making it even more convenient for them to obtain their passports,” said Hugh Riley,
one of the event’s main organizers.