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Caribbean Tourism Organization

CTO announces closure of NYC, London offices and audit of Barbados HQ

BARBADOS — As reported Oct. 15 on, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced plans to close its two marketing offices in New York City and London, and to reassess operations at its Barbados headquarters. CTO Chair and Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, hinted there were changes to come back in August 2019 […]
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For all its strengths, for all its potential, the Caribbean brand “is perhaps the most neglected tourism brand in the world”, says CTO Chair and Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee. The good news, according to Fedee, is that there’s finally the momentum to make some real changes.
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Hugh Riley retiring from CTO Secretary General post after 10 years

The CTO is looking for a new secretary general to replace the departing Hugh Riley.
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Caribbean surpasses 30 million mark, a major victory in spite of hurricanes

Despite the catastrophic hurricanes that pummelled several islands last September, the Caribbean has reached a new benchmark in, surpassing 30 million tourist visits for the first time ever.
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Caribbean tourism hits new record in 2016 despite drop in Canadian numbers

It was a record year for the Caribbean in 2016, which welcomed over one million more visitors than the previous year to reach an impressive 29.3 million.
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Navigating murky waters: CTO, Airbnb strike deal

The Caribbean Tourism Organization says it hopes a new deal with Airbnb will diversify its tourism industry, expand economic opportunities for the Caribbean people and promote Caribbean tourism and highlight Caribbean history and culture.
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More engagement with trade will help boost Caribbean visits from Canada in 2017: CTO

Calling 2016 “an impressive, yet challenging year” for Caribbean tourism, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Secretary General Hugh Riley says strong inbound visitor figures from Europe and the U.S. helped offset a tough year from the Canadian market.
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Airbnb confirmed for CTO conference

Airbnb’s Regional Manager for the Caribbean, Mikel Freemon, will join a panel on the sharing economy at the CTO-organized State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados.
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This could be the year for 30 million arrivals to the Caribbean: CTO

Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean are expected to surpass the 30 million mark for the first time ever this year, following a record 28.7 million arrivals in 2015.
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