October 18, 2019

Hugh Riley stepping down at Caribbean Tourism Organization

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By Jim Byers From Travel Pulse One of the world’s best-known tourism figures is stepping down. The Caribbean Tourism Organization, the region’s tourism development agency, announced the move Tuesday morning April 23. Riley, who was appointed to the top post at the Barbados-headquartered Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in August 2009 after acting for a year, […]

Crippling 2017 storms wracked Caribbean visitor growth in 2018

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by Brian Major From Travel Pulse While the crippling hurricanes of September 2017 were expected to take a toll on Caribbean visitor arrivals, the full impact became more evident on Wednesday at a Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) press briefing, during which officials outlined the storms’ derailment of 2018 arrivals growth for several destinations. Caribbean nations […]

New Year’s Message from CTO Secretary General, Hugh Riley

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Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Dec 2017) – This has been a challenging year for Caribbean tourism. While the first half of the year saw exciting growth in both tourism infrastructure and tourist arrivals over the previous year, in September we were hit hard by a series of unusual hurricanes that not only destroyed property, but also […]

Grenada born retired Canadian politician receives CTO Lifetime Achievement Award

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From South Florida Caribbean News The retired teacher and Canadian politician was presented with the CTO Lifetime Achievement Award at glitzy event in Toronto TORONTO  –  The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has bestowed its most prestigious honour on social advocate Jean Augustine. The Grenada-born retired Canadian school teacher and politician was given the CTO Lifetime […]

Caribbean Tourism Organization declares 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean. The CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley announced the theme for next year at a news conference here on Monday 13 November, as part of the programme for Caribbean Week Canada 2017. With wellness and rejuvenation being important aspects […]

Caribbean Tourism – “a tale of two situations”

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From Caribbean National Weekly The Caribbean is observing Caribbean Tourism Month in November amid the “significant” economic impact caused by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the Lesser Antilles last month. Secretary General of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hugh Riley, said that the regional tourism sector in 2017 can be described […]

Caribbean tourism faces long road to recovery

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From FOX 17 (CNN Money) — The Caribbean is fast approaching tourism season. But this year, some of the islands may not see their vital economic lifeblood. Several islands are still recovering from the one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Irma and Maria, which razed buildings, knocked out communications and killed dozens of people. It’s still […]

CTO and The Travel Foundation sign MOU

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By Caribbean Tourism Organization The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Travel Foundation (TF) to formally establish a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between the organizations in areas of common interest to contribute to sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean Region. The MOU was signed by CTO […]

Caribbean tourism officials optimistic after Brussels visit

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From Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Caribbean tourism officials have visited Brussels for talks with the European Union (EU), as the United Kingdom gets ready to announce a date for leaving the 28-member bloc. A statement by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) said that the delegation, headed by its Secretary General, Hugh Riley, […]

Caribbean reports record of 29M visits

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BY DANICA COTO Associated Press From The Tribune The Caribbean received a record number of visitors last year as arrivals topped 29 million, tourism officials announced Thursday, and they said growth should continue this year, though at a slightly slower pace due to uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump and the impact of Britain’s move […]