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A major economic driver on the Caribbean development agenda; Tourism, for many regional economies, has become the most important productive sector in terms of contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and foreign exchange earnings. In a region where high levels of unemployment continue to be a major concern, it provides significant employment opportunities; its linkages adding value in other economic sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and handicraft.  This sector has served as a catalyst for development in several other areas of the economy, including ancillary services and infrastructure - especially air and seaports and roads. It has also facilitated the conservation and preservation of local heritage and culture and improvement of product and... Read more

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USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program And CHTA Forge Collaborative Partnership To Bolster Energy Efficiency In The Caribbean’s Hotel Sector

Posted: 04 October 2016 - Regional News
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Sunday October 2, 2016 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) yesterday signed a collaboration
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The Bahamas elected Chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation

Posted: 15 September 2016 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  (15 September, 2016) – The Bahamas is now Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with the election of its Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe.The
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CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

Posted: 08 September 2016 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global
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CARPHA and TCI launch TCI CARE Tourism & Health Programme

Posted: 24 June 2016 - Press Releases
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, June 22, 2016: In a determined response to ensuring the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the
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Caribbean tourism officials to focus on business, service excellence

Posted: 29 March 2016 - Regional News
(St. John’s, Antigua) – As Caribbean tourism rebounds, tourism practitioners within the region are making their next strategic move by focusing on enhancing the quality of their
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Caribbean Tourism sets new performance records

Posted: 17 February 2016 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (16 Feb. 2016) – For the first time since the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) began keeping records, the Caribbean  outperformed every major tourism region in the
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Survey shows Caribbean tourism growth driving increases in employment and investments

Posted: 11 February 2016 - Regional News
CORAL GABLES, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has released the results of its first annual industry performance and outlook survey, indicating a cautious, but positive
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‘Don’t panic’ – CTO, CHTA compiles FAQs on zika, travel to Caribbean

Posted: 04 February 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Zika virus and travel to the
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Landmark agreement between IDB and CARPHA to address Tourism and Health

Posted: 31 January 2016 - Press Releases
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. January 27, 2016. The Caribbean is the most tourism dependent region in the world, receiving a record 26.3 million stay over arrivals in 2014. These high levels
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Guyana among 12 emerging travel destinations for 2016

Posted: 13 January 2016 - Regional News
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday January 13, 2016 – Guyana is one of the 12 emerging destinations to visit this year, according to Business Insider UK.The South American country is the only
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Cruise company to create first ever marine reserve island in Bahamas

Posted: 28 December 2015 - Regional News
Geneva-based global cruise line MSC Cruises has unveiled plans to create an unprecedented exclusive marine reserve island experience in the Bahamas.The project was officially launched recently in
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CARPHA gets IDB funding to address tourism sustainability challenges

Posted: 08 December 2015 - Regional News
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved funding to the tune of US$800,000 for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to address health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats that
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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Urges UN Conference to Support CARICOM Position on Climate Change

Posted: 04 December 2015 - Regional News
PARIS, France, Dec 02 2015 – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is calling on the global community to support CARICOM’s position advocating for a cap on the world’s
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CTO launches Travel Trends Report 2015 at World Travel Market

Posted: 02 November 2015 - Regional News
LONDON, UK – The Caribbean Tourism Organiation (CTO) today launched its UK and European Travel Industry Trends & Insight Report 2015, produced in conjunction with the travel trade
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Caribbean tourist arrivals outpacing other major regions

Posted: 23 October 2015 - Regional News
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is forecasting a five to six per cent growth in tourist arrivals for the region in 2015.The news comes as the region outpaces all other major regions
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CTO gets first hand look at Montserrat’s tourism potential

Posted: 11 October 2015 - Regional News
Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) paid a visit to Montserrat on Friday October 9th, 2015.The Honourable Richard L. Sealy, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Barbados and also
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CTO Secretary General calls for action to facilitate travel to and through the Caribbean

Posted: 01 October 2015 - Regional News
Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Hugh Riley has urged regional authorities to institute an Open Skies policy and wherever possible to eliminate secondary screening at
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CTO calls for Open Skies policy at Caribbean airports

Posted: 29 September 2015 - Regional News
Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Hugh Riley has urged regional authorities to institute an Open Skies policy and wherever possible to eliminate secondary screening at
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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations

Posted: 27 August 2015 - Regional News
Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a Hub and Spoke organization. He said
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Antigua Opens Region’s Most Modern Airport Terminal

Posted: 23 August 2015 - Regional News
 first airport terminal in CARICOM with jet bridges.Antigua (Antigua Focus) – The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has opened one of the most modern international airports
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Our sargassum test demands urgent action

Posted: 18 August 2015 - Regional News
Some of the region’s leading experts and researchers were today huddled at the University of the West Indies with one sole purpose: to find a coordinated, practical, regional response to the
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Millions of dollars, massive manpower needed to tackle Sargassum seaweed

Posted: 18 August 2015 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday August 18, 2015 – It would take at least US$120 million and more than 100,000 people to clean up the Sargassum seaweed that has created “an
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Barbados to host major yachting event in 2017

Posted: 15 August 2015 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS. AUGUST 10, 2015 – Barbados has won the bid over Germany for the right to host one of the world’s leading yachting events in 2017.The OK Class World’s travels
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Caribbean tourism stakeholders say Cuba is region’s wakeup call

Posted: 13 August 2015 - Regional News
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, Friday July 3, 2015 – Relatively little effort has been spent on turning the most tourism dependent region in the world into the most tourism competent, according to a
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Statement by the Caribbean Tourism Organization on the influx of Sargassum seaweed

Posted: 11 August 2015 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues 11 Aug 2015 – The seasonal influx of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has got the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers
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Jetblue CEO to keynote CTO State of the Industry Conference

Posted: 09 August 2015 - Regional News
(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados)– The head of one of the world’s most acclaimed airlines will keynote the region’s most valued tourism gathering. The president and chief executive officer of
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Young voices are heard in sustainability conversation -  Jetblue and sustainable tourism

Posted: 04 August 2015 - Regional News
One carrier has come up with a novel approach to the issue of sustainable tourism that involves science, students and scholarships.JetBlue recently launched a program to increase planning for
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Simpson Miller Calls for International Support to Fight Crime in Jamaica and the Caribbean

Posted: 31 July 2015 - Regional News
NEW YORK, NY, July 31, 2015 - Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica and other Caribbean countries need greater international support to fight global organised criminals and reduce crime,
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CARPHA visit covers tourism and health

Posted: 27 July 2015 - Regional News
CARPHA continues to advocate collaboration between health and tourism sectors to jointly address the critical link between tourism and health. One way of achieving this objective would be to
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Region’s premier tourism conference to focus on growth through innovation

Posted: 22 July 2015 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curaçao from 21-23 October. This
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