“This must be seen as not only an international event, but also a triumph of the human spirit. It is fitting and appropriate that we in Jamaica extend a loving hand to our brothers and sisters in South America who endured such a demanding ordeal, yet emerged victorious despite all odds.” – Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts
“Aviation is a low-margin industry at the best of times. If surpluses are swallowed up in taxes, airlines will not only be unable to invest in cleaner, emissions-reducing aircraft, they will ultimately go bankrupt – and the social and economic benefits they bring will disappear with them.” – Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways
“Let me put it bluntly: tourism needs biodiversity; but biodiversity does not necessarily need tourism. However, the more we respect and take care of nature, the more we would be able to enjoy its beauty and guarantee our survival as a species.“ – Regina LaBega, Director of Tourism, St. Maarten
“It is a different visitor who is arriving in the Caribbean now than in the past. This visitor is more demanding, expecting maximum value for money, and is more discerning, seeking a more spiritually fulfilling vacation experience that includes more interaction with local people and a deeper connection with our land and culture.” – Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, St. Kitts and Nevis; and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization
“Thirty one years is a very long time in one company. But for me, it has been a very short 31 years. I have never been bored. That is the nature of this business. It is dynamic. It is exciting. It is challenging. It is not always easy, but it is always rewarding.” – Vernice Walkine, former Director-General of Tourism, Bahamas
“These awards confirm the success of our strategy of aggressively marketing the small, luxury properties of Saint Lucia to improve the positioning of the island in the marketplace. We commend our small hotels and resorts for their consistency in receiving the approval of today’s discriminating travelers.” – Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation
“That courtesy and warmth which guests are greeted with means that Trinidad and Tobago is already ahead of many countries that are also trying to develop their tourism industry.” – Dr. Peter Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More (Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday)
“Quotable Caribbean” is compiled by Marketplace Excellence, a full service, integrated marketing agency committed to excellence in the fields of public relations, marketing and media coaching.