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Minister Skerritt Lauds CTO Conference as “productive”

The meeting was held under the auspicies of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, CTO, which up to last Wednesday, was chaired by the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, for St. Kitts & Nevis, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, who praised the recently concluded State of the Industry Conference as “productive”. The conference ran from Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th October.
“We had a very productive two and a half days. We were able to zoom in on the main requirements for global competitiveness and the main issues involved in strengthening the (tourism) product and access to the product in the region,” Minister Skerritt said.
“We strengthened the resolve of the CTO to be the leading policy formulator for tourism in the region,” he said. “It was a short but a very intense mix of activities and discussions and I am very happy.”
Minister Skerritt said that the regional conference was predominantly geared towards looking at the natural and man-made resources that the Caribbean has to offer and to see how best those resources can be effectively utilized to bring economic development to the region.
“We have to go to the next level in terms of rebuilding awareness of the Caribbean brand globally. We used to assume that the Caribbean was well known. It is still well-known, but it is now heavily competed against. We have to go out there and show why the Caribbean is really the most desirable year- round warm (weather) tourism destination,” Minister Skerritt said.
The CTO State of the Industry Conference was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and the Royal Beach Casino from October 10-12 under the theme “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”.
The conference brought together Caribbean tourism officials, practitioners, policy makers and strategic partners from over twenty countries to brainstorm issues, pinpoint realistic solutions and develop an action plan to improve the tourism industry especially at a financially challenging time globally.

The 2013 edition of the conference is scheduled to take place in the Frech Caribbean territory of Martinique.

Three Women Arrested for Larceny

The incidents are said to have occurred mostly in October this year, though one was committed almost seven months ago, back in April.

The females included in the list are Delacy Jacobs, Sarah Michael and Sherron Parris.

According to police, Delacey Jacobs, who is of Buckley’s was formally charged for the offence of Larceny, which was committed between 24th April and 6th June 2012.

Sarah Michael of Cayon Village was formally charged for the offence of Larceny, which was committed on 10th October 2012 and Sherron Parris of Keys Village was formally charged for the offence of Larceny, which was committed on 10th October 2012.

They also disclosed that Kevin Huggins of Manchester Avenue in Basseterre was charged for the offence of Larceny, which was committed just a few days ago on 10th October, 2012.

Police also announced that they have made arrests for the possession of cannabis and are currently carrying out further investigations in relation to Ivan Williams of Lower Cayon who was formally charged for the offence, which was committed on 12th October 2012.

Over in Nevis, Morris Gumbs of Gingerland was formally charged for the offence of Possession of Cannabis, which police there believe was committed also on 12th October 2012.

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