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CTO Kondigt Programma Caribbean Week in New York 2014 Aan

NEW YORK, NY (19 februari 2014) – Het Caribisch gebied zal weer zijn collectieve vakantie attributen aan New Yorkers en bezoekers van de “Big Apple” tonen, terwijl het hen eraan herinnert waarom de regio één van de meest gewilde warme weer bestemmingen is, wanneer de Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) naar NY terugkeert voor de Caribbean Week.

Er is een weergaloos programma gepland, die de CTO lidstaten en partners uit de particuliere sector ongeëvenaarde mogelijkheden biedt om alle aasprekende en aantrekkelijke kenmerken van de Cariben te presenteren tijdens één feestelijk evenement. Het programma omvat de inaugurele CAFÉ @ CTOF, namelijk de lancering van de Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™ bij een elegant gala ten behoeve van de CTO Foundation: het beursprogramma van het bureau van regionale ontwikkeling van toerisme. Er zijn ook presentaties van de werkzaamheden van Caribische Amerikanen die een belangrijke bijdrage hebben geleverd – en nog steeds leveren – aan mode en stijl CAFE @ CTOF wordt gehouden op donderdag 5 juni.

Een ander belangrijk hoogtepunt dit jaar is de Caribische Romantische Paviljoen – die vorig jaar werd geïntroduceerd – waar echtparen de mogelijkheid hebben om die ene perfecte Caribische bruiloft of huwelijksreis te kopen. Het zal dit jaar echter als een op zichzelf staand evenement gehouden worden, in tegenstelling tot vorig jaar toen de Romance Pavilion deel uitmaakte van de Caribbean Vacation Mart.

De sensationele Caribbean Travel and Cultural Fair and Vacation Mart staat ook gepland voor dit jaar en is, voor de eerste keer ooit, gepland om plaats te vinden in een weekeind (zaterdag 7 juni).

Andere belangrijke evenementen die niet gemist kunnen worden zijn onder andere:

Caribbean Diaspora Forum

Maandag 2 juni – 6:00PM – 9:00 PM

Een eerlijke en open discussie met de Caribbean Diaspora over hun bijdrage aan de Caribische toerisme en hoe ze helpen met het verkopen van de regio

 

Student Colloquium

Dinsdag 3 juni – 2:30PM – 5:00 PM

De slimste studenten van Cariben en de VS hogere opleidingen presenteren creatieve ideeën voor haalbare en voordelige duurzame projecten van toerisme in de Cariben

 

Caribbean Media Marketplace

Donderdag 5 juni – 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Deskundigen en beleidsmakers van Caribische toerisme en ontmoeten top reisjournalisten

 

Caribbean Marketing Conference & Awards Lunchen

Vrijdag 6 juni – 9:30 AM tot 12:00 uur ‘s middags

De laatste trends van ‘cutting edge’ marketing worden gepresenteerd en mensen die een belangrijke bijdrage aan de ontwikkelingen van het toerisme van de regio hebben gedaan worden erkend.

 

Rum & Rhythm

Vrijdag 6 juni – 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Rum en culinaire liefhebbers zullen genieten van bekroonde Caribische rum van topkwaliteit, traditionele Caribische gerechten en met rum doordrenkte lekkernijen, voorbereid door beroemde chef-koks van de Nederlandse, Engelse, Franse en Spaanse Cariben.
Caribbean Week in New York is een serie van zakelijke bijeenkomsten en evenementen voor consumenten, georganiseerd door het kantoor van Caribbean Tourism Organization te New York, om de warmte, geest en levendigheid van de Cariben te laten zien. Naast direct contact met de consument biedt het ook uitgebreide aandacht van de media aan CTO leden en partners.

Caribbean Week in New York 2014 vindt plaats van 1 – 8 juni. Voor meer informatie over deelname, bezoek www.onecaribbean.org of bel het kantoor van Caribbean Tourism Organization te New York op (212) 635-9530.

 

Over de Caribbean Tourism Organization

De Caribbean Tourism Organization met hoofdkantoor in Barbados en met kantoren in New York en London, is verantwoordelijk voor de ontwikkeling van Caribische toerisme, en de leden zijn meer dan 30 landen en gebieden, inclusief Nederlandse, Engelse, Franse en Spaanse, als ook talloze leden uit de private sector. CTO’s visie is het Caribische gebied voor 2017 te positioneren als de meest begeerde bestemming met het hele jaar warm weer, en het doel is het Leiden van Duurzame Toerisme – Één Zee, Één Stem, Één Caribisch gebied (Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean).

De voordelen aan de leden houden onder meer in gespecialiseerde ondersteuning en technische bijstand die de organisatie verschaft in de ontwikkeling van duurzame toerisme, marketing, communicatie, belangenbehartiging, het ontwikkelen van het menselijk kapitaal, het plannen en organiseren van evenementen, onderzoek en informatie technologie.

Bovendien is CTO als partner met de Caribische Hotel en Toerisme Associatie (Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association), samen en op gelijke basis eigenaar van het Caribische Toerisme Ontwikkelingsbedrijf (Caribbean Tourism Development Company), een marketing en bedrijfsontwikkeling entiteit toegewijd aan het wereldwijd bevorderen van de Caribische merknaam.

Het CTO hoofdkantoor is gevestigd te Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected];

Het CTO kantoor in New York is gevestigd te 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

Het CTO kantoor in London is gevestigd te The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

Voor meer informatie over de Caribbean Tourism Organization, kunt u www.OneCaribbean.org.  bezoeken.

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Sustainable Tourism Youth Programme Attracts New Interest

NEW YORK, NY (24 May, 2013) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s sustainable tourism youth programme is attracting the attention of a growing number of Caribbean post-secondary schools.

Two regional tertiary institutions   – the College of the Bahamas (COB) and University of the West Indies-Mona Campus are first time participants in the CTO’s Students’ Colloquium which forms part of the programme for Caribbean Week in New York. They, along with five other universities, will seek to dethrone the reigning champions, Monroe College.

The colloquium – now in its third year – is a contest among the students who are challenged to present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects. Dubbed “A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism,” it attracts students enrolled in tourism and hospitality programmes, as well as other university/college majors, who have a passion for the Caribbean and are desirous of making a contribution to the region’s development in a sustainable way.

A record eight schools will participate in this year’s contest, three more than last year and two higher than the six which took part in the inaugural contest in 2011. The other participating institutions are  the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute; University of New Haven (winners of the inaugural contest), the              University of Technology Jamaica and the University of the West Indies Centre for Hotel & Tourism Management in the Bahamas.

“It’s a brand new year, the TCI Community College tourism team is excited, eager and ready for friendly rivalry, camaraderie and prospective future partnerships with our counterparts  in  this year’s CTO student colloquium. Let the challenge begin!” said Michelle Hosten, lecturer at the TCI Community College.

The competitors will receive words of encouragement from Earlston McPhee, the director of sustainable tourism at Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Mr. McPhee will stress the need for the students, particularly those who intend to work towards the development of Caribbean tourism, to believe in themselves, the Caribbean tourism product and the region’s ability to compete at a high level among the world’s best destinations.

The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday 4 June from 1:30 P.M to 4:00 P.M. at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue, New York.  The winners will receive four iPads from Cititech Solutions, a technology company which provides technological support for small, medium-sized and large businesses. Cititech is a CTO Allied member. The second place gets four Kindle Fires from David Williams Funeral Service, a family -owned funeral home; while the school placing third receives four iPod Touches courtesy Butterfly By Design, a premier experiential event planning and design boutique.

Caribbean Week in New York, a celebration of the sights, sounds and vacation attributes of the Caribbean, takes place from 1 to 8 June with a series of consumer and travel industry events. The television and film star, Tamara Tunie, is partnering with CTO for the Week. Perhaps best known as the “Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner” on NBC’s long-running top-rated series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and more recently in Paramount’s Oscar nominated, Flight, with co-star Denzel Washington, Ms. Tunie will engage the media in America’s most populous city as the official spokesperson for the event.

For the complete list of activities for Caribbean Week in New York and for information on how to participate, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com or call  the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office at (212) 635-9530.

Caribbean Week in New York is supported by American Express, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME),  the Atrebor Group, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Butterfly By Design, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Cayman Islands, Caribbean Airlines,  Cititech Solutions, Departures, David Williams Funeral Service, Dominica, El Dorado, the Empire State Building, Face of Fashion, Food & Wine, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Hardbeat Communications, Hyatt Resorts – Caribbean,  Jamaica, Jewel Resorts, Laura Davidson Public Relations, MarryCaribbean.com, Martinique, Nassau, Paradise Island, Puerto Rico, Quinn & Company, Sandals Resorts International, St Eustatius,  St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin/St. Maarteen, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Travel + Leisure, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, 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 by 2017, 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, research and information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected]

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

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All-Star Roster of Caribbean Musicians to be featured on CD Compilation

Atlanta, GA & New York, NY – May 3, 2011 – Through a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, the Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (CTO) and Ryff Music have teamed up to create the ‘Love the Music’ Compilation CD project. The project features vibrant music that represents the best of the Caribbean culture presented by artist from CTO member countries. The compilation project promotes aspects of Caribbean culture through music & spoken word. The CD will be made available in stores and on-line in June during Caribbean Heritage Month. A series of promotional activities to help promote the CD will take place during Caribbean Week in NY, June 7th –12th. Portions of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to support the CTO Foundation.

The CD includes a respected roster of the Caribbean’s best artist including: Dollarman (Grenada) who is the featured artist on the songs ‘Rock this Party’ and ‘Soundz of Freedom’ both reached # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart; Singing Melody (Jamaica) whose single ‘Want You Back’, reached 3 and 1 respectively on the New York Reggae Top 30 and the Star Top 40; Kamau Georges (British Virgin Islands) one of the BVI’s most talented artist and producers; KB (Bahamas) one of the Bahamas most popular artist; Dudley (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Aloe Blacc (Panamanian) whose song ‘I Need a Dollar’ is the theme song for the HBO hit show ‘How to Make it in America’; Lazo (Dominica) won a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for ‘Heart and Soul’; Fae Simon (Carriacou and Jamaica) the UK’s upcoming artist and several other artist top out the roster of the Caribbean’s best; Giles (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Adrian Dutchin (Guyana) the number one Soca artist from Guyana. Adrian won the soca monarch three times and the road march twice. He has worked with people such as Jumo Primo of Bryon Lee & The Dragonaires, Peter Ram, Terry Gajraj and the Hit Man. He is one of the lead singers of well known Bajan band Krosfyah and is a member of X2(times two) from Guyana.; Jovi Rockwell (Jamaica) is a singer, songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. has Collaborated with Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Mims, Akon and Ne-Yo. She also released a number of singles in Jamaica and the US, singles which includes the Caribbean and European hits “Party On,” “Dance Floor,” featuring dancehall artist Zumjay “All About Love,” “Hey,” with Courtney ‘Yogie’ John and “Need Me” featuring Mr. Vegas.

Producers that contributed to the project include Albert ‘Dvo’ Desilva (Guyana), Herbert Alexander (USVI), Kamau George (BVI), Max Tannone (USA) and several other talented Caribbean musicians.

The project is distributed through Redeye distribution, the leading independent distributor for both physical and digital music around the world. Their retailers in the U.S. include chains such as Best Buy, Borders, f.y.e. and independent stores throughout the country. Redeye also exports records to Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and provides a digital distribution service that delivers content to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other digital music stores. Redeye currently distributes such labels as Daptone Records, Alive Records, Bella Union Records, Revelation Records and artist such as Widespread Panic, The Donnas, Sun Public Enemy and Au Revoir Simone, to name a few.

CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION FOUNDATION

The CTO Foundation is a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training.  The Foundation supports individuals who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership potential and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.

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Tourism’s Rising Stars Debate Sustainability

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados(June 5, 2011) – The Caribbean’s tourism stars of tomorrow get an opportunity to shine today at one of the most compelling events for Caribbean Week in New York. And one of America’s most powerful motivational speakers will provide the spark.

Caribbean students from several universities in the United States and the Caribbean square off in a Student Colloquium at which they challenge each other on tourism sustainability issues in a free-style presentation format.

Dubbed “A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism,” the colloquium is a contest among the students who will challenge their colleagues to present well-researched sustainable tourism projects that are practical and have the potential to provide a sustainable source of income.

Setting the stage for the contest is motivational speaker Dennis Rahiim Watson, the president and CEO of the Center for Black Student Achievement – an outreach programme designed to offer strategies to black students on how to be successful in life. Mr. Watson, a fiery speaker, was kicked out of high school 37 times. Today he is one of the US’s most successful motivational speakers – he is being compared to well-known figures like Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby – and has received over 250 awards, including five White House citations, for his work with black youth.

“This awesome event will have attendees pumped up and inspired as they share ideas, insights and strategies on sustainable development that will enhance the lifestyles of Caribbean people,” said Mr. Watson in discussing his excitement at being the motivational speaker at the event.

The Colloquium is the creation of CTO interns who were enrolled at Universities in the Caribbean and the United States as their contribution to the programme of activities for Caribbean Week in New York.  It takes place from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Tuesday 7 June at Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York City and is sponsored by Barbados Tourism Authority, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Citi Tech Solutions, Ocean Terrace Resort St. Kitts, Pace University and Sunbay Hotel.

Caribbean Week in New York is supported by Afar Magazine, American Express, Association of Travel Marketing Executives, BRIDES, Caribbean Tales, Carib Vision, Churches United to Save and Heal, Citi Tech Solutions, CTO Foundation, Demetrious, Diamond Noir Collective, Dreamy Weddings, Dwayne Bishop Photography, Empire State Building, Hermies Salon, Hard Beat Communications, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, MarryCaribbean, opusseven, Pace University, Performance Media Group, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. Kitts & Nevis, Travelocity and the Wall Street Journal . For more information on the Student Colloquium and for the full Caribbean Week in New York programme, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com.

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Outstanding Caribbean Citizen to Receive Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Most Prestigious Award

~ Grenadian hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin to be presented with CTO’s Lifetime Achievement Award at Rhythms of the Caribbean Ball at Plaza Hotel in New York ~

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (May 17, 2011) –A virtual lifetime of high performance,  dedicated service to his country and the Caribbean, will be rewarded when the international agency responsible for the Caribbean’s tourism development, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) presents its most prestigious award to one of Grenada’s finest hospitality practitioners.

Sir Royston Hopkin, the successful proprietor, chairman and managing director of the New Spice Island Beach Resort, has been named the CTO’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee for 2011 and will be presented with the award at the Rhythms of the Caribbean Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York on 10 June.
Sir Royston has a near 50 year record of outstanding service in the hospitality sector, dating back to 1965 when he joined the family business at Ross Point Inn and, at the age of 20, became the youngest person ever appointed to the Grenada Tourist Board.

In the ensuing years, Sir Royston’s contributions have touched almost every sector of the Grenadian society, with his luxury resort employing over 200 people. In addition to being the first Grenadian to be elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association – a position he has held 14 times – Sir Royston established a scholarship fund for needy children from which 110 students have benefitted. He has also worked with the Grenada Union of Teachers and the Ministry of Education, to enlighten teachers about the tourism industry and has hosted 200 teachers and their spouses at his resort for a weekend, to give them an opportunity to understand the hotel component of the industry.

Regionally, Sir Royston has served in various capacities in the Caribbean Hotel Association (now the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association) and founded the Small Hotels Committee, which today is still one of the most important sub-committees of that association. He is also a member of the association’s executive committee and is the current chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), the largest private sector sustainable organization in the region.

“Sir Royston has been a faithful servant of Grenadian and Caribbean tourism and his dedication has been fully demonstrated through his many outstanding achievements,” said Hugh Riley, the CTO’s secretary general. “We are pleased that he has agreed to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award during our Rhythms of the Caribbean Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York.”

The CTO Lifetime Achievement Award honours long serving, high performance professionals whose careers have truly made a difference in the Caribbean.  The award is for achievement over a period of several years rather than a single contribution.  It recognizes achievement that distinguishes the individual’s work and provides a legacy for future generations.

The Ball, which this year combines Caribbean rhythms and hospitality in an elegant blacktie event, is a highlight of Caribbean Week in New York, which features some very exciting new elements this year.

Caribbean Week in New York is supported by Afar Magazine, American Express, Association of Travel Meeting Executives, BRIDES, Caribbean Tales, Carib Vision, Churches United to Save and Heal, Citi Tech Solutions, CTO Foundation, Demetrious, Diamond Noir Collective, Dreamy Weddings, Dwayne Bishop Photography, Empire State Building, Hermies Salon, Hard Beat Communications, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Jamaica, MarryCaribbean, opusseven, Pace University, Performance Media Group, St. George’s Episcopal Church,  St. Kitts, Travelocity and the Wall Street Journal . For information on how to purchase tickets for the Ball and for the full Caribbean Week in New York programme, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com

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