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Quotable Caribbean – MAY 21, 2023

From Bevan Springer

Elliott Ferguson

“I embrace my Caribbean heritage as my father is of Bahamian descent and appreciate the differences between our destinations, but also the similarities as we focus on the recovery of our industry.” – Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC

“CHTA Marketplace has presented an unparalleled opportunity to engage in insightful discussions on the optimal use of Artificial Intelligence in capitalizing on travel consumer behaviors. Such intelligence is invaluable to our overarching promotional strategy.” – Latia Duncombe, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, Bahamas

“I don’t want to hear if the speech is good or bad, I want to hear that the hoteliers of the region have determined that they will not simply, in a post-independence era, be a taker of circumstances shaped by others to profit others, but that we shall be shapers of our destiny.” – Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados

“The power of face-to-face meetings lies in the dynamic nature of human interaction. Engaging with others in person allows for immediate feedback, fostering a sense of connection and understanding that cannot be fully captured in virtual exchanges.” – Dr. Basil Springer, Director, Marketplace Excellence Corporation | Caribbean Media Exchange, Inc.

“To keep this growth on an upward trajectory, we continue to build out new air service with new flights this year from Chicago Midway, Denver, St. Louis, Dallas, Kansas City, and London Gatwick. Plus, we are expanding and modernizing Sangster International Airport and have approximately 8,000 new hotel rooms slated for construction over the next two to five years.” – Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

“This week we celebrated the opening of the new Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort, Autograph Collection at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas. I want to congratulate General Manger, Kurt Wiksten, and the team on this exciting opening. We are thrilled to welcome this enclave of warm, Caribbean hospitality into the Marriott fold.” – Brian King, President, Marriott International – Caribbean & Latin America

“Make maximum use of the gifts and opportunities God gives you.” – Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard, Senior Pastor, Christian Cultural Center


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