Registration for this month’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Centre in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is strong, according to organisers.
Following a meeting with the host committee in San Juan, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reported demand among travel industry stakeholders to do business in the region was encouraging, given the continued interest and registration response for the annual event.
CHTA director general, Frank Comito, said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held from January 30th-February 1st, were now in the advanced stages and the association was on track to eclipse the 1,000-delegate mark before the start of the event.
“This speaks not only to the resilience of the Caribbean’s bread and butter tourism industry, but also to the fortitude of the Caribbean’s people,” Comito remarked.
Comito observed Puerto Rico, which was among the islands impacted by September’s two Category 5 hurricanes, is on the rebound and more than ready to host this year’s edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.
“It is remarkable what the good people at the Puerto Rico Convention Centre District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico
Hotel and Tourism Association have been able to accomplish as they prepare to welcome this marquee event to their island,” he said.
Close to 500 supplier delegates from more than 200 companies across 30 countries will join another 100-plus media representatives at this year’s event.
More than 200 delegates from close to 100 buyer companies, 19 of which are new to the conference, including four new MICE companies, have registered.
Buyer companies hail from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.
Caribbean Travel Marketplace is produced by CHTA in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Centre District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association.