The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the region’s tourism development agency, is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broaden the Caribbean’s appeal in the Arabian Market.
The Bahamas has been elected chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, with the election of minister of tourism Obie Wilchcombe. Following his election Wilchcombe stated: “I intend to build upon what my predecessor Richard Sealy of Barbados began and I also intend to build on the relationship with the private sector.
The leader of one of the world’s leading resort companies will outline a vision for Caribbean tourism as he sets the tone for the region’s most important tourism gatherings, the State of the Industry Conference. The chief executive officer of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, will deliver the keynote address at the September event Barbados.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has appointed Dominican-native Amanda Charles as sustainable tourism specialist, effective immediately. Charles will coordinate and implement the organisation’s sustainable tourism programme aimed at enhancing the development, growth, quality, competitiveness and sustainability of Caribbean tourism. She Charles is a tourism professional with several years of experience, having worked most recently as the adviser to the directorate of sustainable tourism at the Association of Caribbean States in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, a position she held for five years.
The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, keeping pace with the world average.
The Caribbean tourism sector has recorded improvements during the first quarter of this year when compared to the corresponding period in 2013. Figures released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization show a 2.2 per cent rise in stay-over arrivals between January and March 2014, with cruise visits up 2.3 per cent.
The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor expenditure in 2013 when compared to 2012, with the spending rate outpacing that of visitor arrivals for the first time in three years, according to figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. The authority on Caribbean tourism arrival statistics and visitor spend announced visitors to the Caribbean spent an estimated US$28.1 billion in 2013, up 2.3 per cent over 2012.
All 33 Caribbean tourism destinations have joined forces to launch a new website. Improvements to the design and search facilities have been made after all parties agreed to use common formatting.
The United States Virgin Islands has been elected as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Commissioner of tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, will now take up the position of chairman of the CTO following the decision at the Annual General Meeting.