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CHTA President & CTO Chairman Support Abolishing UK APD
Published on February 11, 2013
Richard J. Doumeng, president, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), and Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism, are supporting a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which shows that the abolition of the UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD) could bring a lasting boost to the UK economy, generating a net tax gain for the Treasury and creating almost 60,000 new jobs.
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The Holetown Festival 2013
Published on February 6, 2013
The week-long celebrations of the Holetown Festival kick-off with a bang at the Holetown Monument in the center of the town. The event marks the arrival of the first settlers at the site now known as Holetown on February 17, 1627.
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A Salute to Alec Sanguinetti
Published on February 4, 2013
Hardworking, Untiring, Forceful and Committed – these are just some of the words aptly used to describe Mr. Alec Sanguinetti, former Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).
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Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2013
Published on February 1, 2013

Along with teambuilding, the US-based hospitality management company says that other trends observed throughout its 39 hotels, resorts and conference centers includes a slow but steady demand for meeting products, a rise in group rates, more need for customization and the all important necessity for constant contact through high performance wireless.

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International tourism to continue robust growth in 2013
Published on January 31, 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest results.
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Cruise passenger numbers continue to build
Published on January 31, 2013

Cruise lines carried 20.3 million passengers last year and expect the numbers to rise in 2013.

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Gardens, jazz and the Reeperbahn lure MICE organizers to Hamburg
Published on January 31, 2013
Hamburgperhaps best known internationally as the town that launched the Beatles onto the public stage, has annouced a year-long program of multiple music and performance festivals that will make the city a lively choice for MICE travelers in 2013.
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Meetings and Incentive Business Looking up for the Industry
Published on November 26, 2012

Barbados is making its mark as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) destination, attracting new business for the industry and the Association's members. Chairman of the BHTA's MICE Product Club, Anderson Daniel, explained that years of promoting this aspect of Barbados's tourism product is finally paying off for the country: "More and more buyers/meeting planners are now seeing Barbados as a MICE destination.

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Caribbean Nations Unite to Offer Unprecedented Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
Published on November 21, 2012

Three Caribbean nations have joined forces to offer an unprecedented Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal that is sure to attract a large audience of US travelers.  Through cooperation between the public and private sectors, the tourism boards and hotel associations of BarbadosSt. Lucia and Antigua are offering 20% off virtually any hotel or resort when booked through their official websites.  This is the first time that Caribbean nations are working together in a unified promotion to attract visitors.

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Message from Hugh Riley, Secretary General, CTO for Caribbean Tourism Month 2012
Published on November 8, 2012

Each year November is designated as Caribbean Tourism Month, a time when we focus particular attention on the attributes of this great region and pay our respects to the sector of the economy that is our lifeblood. We in the Caribbean have many reasons to celebrate and give thanks. Whether we are dazzling the world with stellar performances in sports, entertainment, culture and the professions, or pampering guests with our warm hospitality, we are always aware of the impact of our work and our reputation on the success of tourism.

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