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Continental shows support for the sixth CMEx

The second-largest U.S. airline into the Caribbean, Continental Airlines, is supporting the sixth Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), to take place in St. Lucia, June 24-28, 2004.

“As one of the major airlines offering service to the Caribbean, Continental is very pleased to support travel industry initiatives to enhance tourism in the region,” said Christy Rodgers, Senior Director of Latin America Sales, Continental Airlines.  “We applaud efforts such as the Caribbean Media Exchange conference that draw attention to the many leisure and business attractions in the Caribbean, as well as offer environmental safeguards and economic tools to the Caribbean people.”

Continental currently offers flights to 17 cities on 12 islands in the Caribbean.  On June 10, the airline will begin service to one new Caribbean destination - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - and to a new route between Houston and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 

In addition, Continental serves five Caribbean destinations from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, and two from Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

Lelei LeLaulu, president of Counterpart International, welcoming Continental said, “Airlift is of critical importance to the travel and tourism industry. We’re pleased to note the current rebound in Caribbean tourism is due in large measure to airlines like Continental that have substantially increased the number of travelers into the Caribbean region.  Every effort to attract new or additional seats to get to the Caribbean should be supported,” said LeLaulu, who noted the Caribbean enjoys only a small percentage of the world’s tourism business.