The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is planning a series of festive and exhilarating events to spice up Caribbean Week 2003 in New York City.
The event, scheduled for June 1-7, 2003, will range in scope from an inter-faith ceremony to a “Taste of the Caribbean” market fair in the heart of New York City.
Traditionally, Caribbean Week has been a week-long series of meetings attended by all categories of CTO’s membership including Ministers and Directors of Tourism, Chapter Presidents and Allied Members representing airlines, hoteliers, tour wholesalers, travel agents and other interested parties, who discuss ways to increase tourism in the region.
However, CTO has decided to initiate a programme of consumer-focused events at Caribbean Week 2003, in an effort to generate interest amongst the general public
“The Caribbean represents a unique collection of countries which celebrate and rejoice in the spirit of life in their own special way and CTO wants to share these distinctive characteristics with everyone attending Caribbean Week and with New York-area residents to ensure that they all get a true feel of what the Caribbean is really like,” stated Hugh Riley, CTO’s director of marketing for the Americas.
To kick-off the week, CTO will host a special inter-faith church ceremony where Caribbean dignitaries, local advocates and Caribbean residents can come together and celebrate in the spirit of the Caribbean.
Another innovation is the delightful “Taste of the Caribbean” - - an elaborate Food/Arts Street Festival in the heart of New York City featuring some of the region’s top chefs showcasing signature dishes from their respective countries.