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Patricia Meschino

“With (Trinidad and Tobago) Carnival 2023 just concluded, this season’s soca releases included many songs expressing gratitude for the festival’s return. Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis, who made his mark in the previous decade by winning the Soca Monarch title for three consecutive years, hits all the right notes on ‘Long Live Soca’, his joyous paean to carnival and the distinctive elements that make it such a glorious celebration. Especially its music.” – Patricia Meschino, Journalist (NPR)

“I asked myself this year, not for the first time: Why is it that the talent displayed primarily during the traditional (Trinidad and Tobago) Carnival season is not leveraged perennially?” – Dr. Basil Springer, Director, Marketplace Excellence and Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx)

“CHTA (Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association) comprises 33 island nations across the region – different cultures, languages, cuisines and a phenomenal collection of experiences. Caribbean Travel Marketplace allows us to bring this all together and showcase the region to our partners and the world in a way that is very difficult to do individually.” – Patricia Affonso-Dass, former president, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); Group General Manager, Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados

“There is not one view from this resort (Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau) [that] does not capitalize on everything that is absolutely stunning and beautiful about Nassau Paradise Island.” – Joy Jibrilu, CEO, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board

“We have gained a reputation to be the true, ultimate barefoot luxury five-star resort … in beautiful, authentic, quintessential Turks and Caicos.” – Kashmie Ali, Managing Director, Sailrock South Caicos

“So I think going forward deep collaboration, not just ‘talkie-talkie’ collaboration, and understanding that (tourism) is an economic priority (are critically important).” – Nicola Madden-Greig, OD, President, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) (Breaking Travel News)

“We are humbled and thrilled that the PGA TOUR has returned to Puerto Rico and the island is increasingly being honored to host these extraordinary golf tournaments that draw global attention to our wonderful destination.” – Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico

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