January 21, 2021

Tourism: The key to the Caribbean’s economic recovery

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Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC)

WHO: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) 

WHAT: Tourism: The Key to the Caribbean’s Economic Recovery 

WHEN: Friday, December 11, 2020 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET 

WHERE: Registration link: https://member.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/link.asp?ymlink=648160603  

WHY: The purpose of this online forum is to raise awareness and build support for a collaborative approach to stimulating the Caribbean’s economic recovery through tourism.  

Areas of discussion include:The historical value of tourism to the Caribbean The impact of COVID-19 on Caribbean tourism The current state of Caribbean tourism as a result of COVID-19 and its implications for the economic and social development of the region Tourism’s historic resilience and recovery following a crisisThe future of Caribbean tourismLessons learned from the pandemic and new approaches which the Caribbean should consider to stimulate tourism’s economic revitalization and broadening impact 

Participants:
Moderator: Julian E. Rogers, Managing Director, Jamaica Observer
Frank Comito, CEO and Director General, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Hon. Lisa Cummins, Barbados Minister of Tourism and Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) 
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC)
Michel Julian, Senior Programme Officer, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Virginia Messina, Managing Director, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 
Dindial Ramrattan, Statistician, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 55 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most. For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which is headquartered in Barbados, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution, and research & information technology. For more information, visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

About the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre
The vision of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is to assist global tourism destinations with destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally. For more information, visit www.gtrcmc.org.
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