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Tourism Officials Cementing Partnerships

The journalists representing trade and consumer press as well as online media and bloggers were brought to WTM in style via London’s new Emirates cable car across the Thames, arriving to a St. Kitts and Nevis welcome and breakfast at Caribbean Scene Restaurant.

The St. Kitts delegation at World Travel Market was led by St. Kitts Tourism Authority (SKTA) Chairman, Alfonso O’Garro and also included Board Members Claire Rawson and Lavern Stevens; Carolyn James, Director of the SKTA Canada office and Saju Ng’alla, Market Communications Manager, together with trade partners representing the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The SKTA delegation was joined by the UK based team including Lisa Elmes-Bosshard, Market Consultant, sales representatives, Jennifer Hensley and Dale Kelley, and officials from Public Relations Consultants, ‘River Communications’.

Nevis counterparts included Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) Chairman Keisha Jones; John Hanley, CEO; Tourism Advisor Alastair Yearwood, and Julie Claxton, UK Marketing Manager.

At the joint St. Kitts & Nevis stand, a unique 30 year timeline was the focus for the four day event, charting the development of the destination’s tourism Industry from Independence in 1983 up to the 30th anniversary and beyond, to include new island developments and projects due for completion in 2014-2015.

The St. Kitts & Nevis stand also provided the platform for four days of forums and events which included a high level meeting with long term partners, British Airways; trade meetings with tour operators and one-to-one trade media interviews with Selling Long Haul, Travel Bulletin and ABTA Magazine to give the destination maximum exposure.

SKTA Chairman, Alphonso O’Garro, commenting on the show said, “As one of the leading events of the travel industry, World Travel Market continues to afford us the platform to showcase the destination to a wide section of tourism professionals, and to cement new and existing partnerships. As we continue to weather the economic storm while also competing in the UK and European markets, it was positive to note the interest from international as well as UK trade visitors.”

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