Summit to address critical Caribbean tourism issues
CHTA summit will bring topics and discussions crucial to the development of the tourism to the forefront.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday March 14, 2012 – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) will be hosting a Caribbean Tourism Summit from June 15 to 16 at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica.
This summit will form part of the CHTA’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and will feature a range of topics including the International Aviation Policy – Its Impact on Caribbean Tourism, a Review of Existing Airlift into and within the Caribbean and Projection for Future Development and Caribbean Hotels – Are they Being Upstaged by Competitors from the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
The summit is open to all tourism and hospitality industry personnel in the region. CHTA president, Josef Forstmayr said the summit will bring topics and discussions crucial to the development of the tourism to the forefront.
"This is an exciting time for the Caribbean as we celebrate this golden milestone and, at the same time, turn a page in our strategy for developing the Caribbean brand as we embark on new public and private sector cooperation in marketing our region," said Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts and Chairman of Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
"This is Jamaica's 50th year of independence," says John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, "which is a perfect backdrop for hosting this historic Caribbean Tourism Summit. There are several 50th anniversary activities which will enhance the experience for participants of the summit. We look forward to showcasing our unique culture at this prestigious event."
The Caribbean Tourism Summit will also feature the presentation of coveted industry awards including Caribbean Employee of the Year, Caribbean Supervisor of the Year, Caribbean Allied Member of the Year, Caribbean Association Executive of the Year and Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.
The Caribbean Tourism Summit culminates with a 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 16, 2012 at 7 pm.