This is the first time that St. Kitts and Nevis is hosting the event that brings together ministers of tourism, directors of tourism, hoteliers, airline representatives, allied tourism business leaders and the media; and this year, delegates will be focusing attention on “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”, as the theme for the conference.
The Opening Ceremony slated for 7:00pm-8:30pm will hear from US Congresswoman, Dr. Donna Christian Christensen. Welcome remarks are also expected from the Minister of Tourism & International Transport of St. Kitts & Nevis, and outgoing Chairman of CTO, Richard Skerritt.
Also planned for Wednesday is the Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress to be staged at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in Bird Rock Basseterre. The Youth Congress, explained the CTO, is intended to stimulate greater awareness about tourism among young people in the Caribbean. Participants have been asked to research various topics within the sector and to share their perspectives for a vision for the future.
Earlier in the day, key officials from various member destinations were engaged in a series of press briefings with visiting and local media representatives, as the opportunity was used to highlight various developments taking place in a number of Caribbean destinations. Visiting media workers were also taken on a tour of Nevis on Monday.
The 32 member CTO is currently headquartered in Barbados with offices in New York and the United Kingdom. It provides services to its members in the areas of human resources development, information technology, research and statistics, sustainable tourism, marketing, advocacy and other disciplines.