The three day conference is being organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) New York office.
“More than hosting the usual conference with a packed programme of seminars and presentations, we want the travel agents to get to experience the destination so they can better sell it,” said Fernando Abreu, the CTO’s deputy director of marketing at the New York office.
During the three-day event, the travel agents will be exposed to the attributes that make St. Kitts and Nevis one of the most seductive destinations in the Caribbean, through a series of workshops and presentations in the morning and destination study tours and a scavenger hunt in the afternoon.
A trade show and networking session with local suppliers–hoteliers, ground operators, attractions, restaurant owners, etc – is also being organized to give the agents the opportunity to interact with the suppliers and get to know what St. Kitts has to offer and how the agents can create the best holiday experience for their clients.
The CTO member countries will have an opportunity to present spotlight presentations – a series of seminar sessions in which each participating country makes a 20 minute presentation on their product to a group of travel agents. The focus during these special presentations will be on weddings and adventure.
The One Caribbean Chapter Sales Experience in St. Kitts will allow agents to jump-start their certification in the recently launched St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist Programme; get more in-depth product knowledge on St. Kitts through the study tours and scavenger hunt; familiarize themselves with hotels in St. Kitts at the trade show and hotel site inspections and explore the sister island of Nevis on the optional post tour.
The October 6 – 9 conference will be the first in a series being organized for CTO Chapter members by the New York office and sessions will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.