~ The week of activities organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization celebrating the unique holiday attributes of the Caribbean takes place from 1 to 8June, 2014 in NYC ~
NEW YORK, NY – The Caribbean will again display its collective holiday attributes to New Yorkers and visitors to the “Big Apple”, reminding them why the Region is a most desirable warm weather destination, as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) returns for Caribbean Week.
An unmatched programme is being planned, offering CTO member countries and private sector partners unrivalled opportunities to marry and showcase all the appealing and attractive features of the Caribbean in one celebratory event. The programme includes the inaugural CAFE @ CTO, the launch of the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™ at an elegant gala to benefit the CTO Foundation, the regional tourism development agency’s scholarship programme. On display will be the works of Caribbean Americans who have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to the fashion and style landscape. CAFE @ CTO will be held on Thursday 5 June.
Another major highlight this year is the Caribbean Romance Pavilion – introduced for the first time last year – where couples will have the opportunity to purchase that perfect Caribbean wedding or honeymoon getaway. However, unlike last year when the Romance Pavilion was part of the Caribbean Vacation Mart, this year it will be held as a stand-alone event.
The sensational Caribbean Travel and Cultural Fair and Vacation Mart is also being planned this year and, for the first time ever, is scheduled to be held on a weekend (Saturday 7 June).
Other “can’t miss” key events include:
Caribbean Diaspora Forum
Monday 2 June – 6:00PM – 9:00 PM
A frank and open discussion with the Caribbean Diaspora on their contribution to Caribbean tourism and how they help market the region
Tuesday 3 June – 2:30PM – 5:00 PM
The brightest students from Caribbean and US tertiary institutions present creative ideas for viable and profitable sustainable tourism projects in the Caribbean
Caribbean Media Marketplace
Thurs. 5 June – 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Caribbean tourism professionals and policy-makers get up close with the top travel journalists
Caribbean Marketing Conference & Awards Luncheon
Friday 6 June – 9:30 AM to Noon
The latest cutting edge marketing trends are presented and people who have made significant contributions to the region’s tourism development are recognised
Rum & Rhythm
Fri. 6 June – 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Rum and food lovers will sample top-shelf, award-winning Caribbean rums and enjoy traditional Caribbean cuisine and rum-infused delicacies prepared by celebrity chefs from the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean.
Caribbean Week in New York is a series of business meetings and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office to showcase the warmth, spirit and vibrancy of the Caribbean. In addition to direct contact with consumers, it also provides extensive media exposure for participating CTO members and partners.
Caribbean Week in New York 2014 takes place from 1 -8 June. For more information on how to participate, visit www.onecaribbean.org or call the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office at (212) 635-9530.
About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.
Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.
In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.
The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com.
The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;
The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com;
For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.
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