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 program 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 program 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 program. 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.