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“I have the pleasure to announce that Martinique will take a big step forward in our strengthening commitment to the CTO by hosting the 2013 State of the Industry Conference.” The announcement was made by Tourism Commissioner of Martinique, Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille, as she addressed the media at the 2012 State of the Industry Conference in St. Kitts.
It is the first time that the French Island is hosting the conference and according to the Commissioner, “we consider hosting this conference a great honor, and are extremely proud of it. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Isle of Flowers and giving you a taste of our special brand of French-créole warmth and hospitality.”
The Commissioner said the move was in part the result of a decision by Martinique’s administration, in 2010, to adopt a new development strategy.
The State of the Industry Conference will be held from October 16th to October 18th 2013 and will be preceded by CTO Business Meetings on October 14th and 15th, 2013.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization invites all tourism stakeholders to support this year’s State of the Industry Conference in Martinique.
Take a moment to review the program and register.
The CTO State of the Industry Conference is CTO’s annual convocation where Caribbean tourism practitioners, policy makers and strategic partners, at the highest levels, gather to discuss issues, identify solutions and generally develop courses of action that will benefit the tourism industry in the Caribbean.
Speakers of international acclaim will provide best case practices and winning strategies on a wide range of topics that are critical to the growth of regional tourism, all with a view toward the development of a sustainable tourism industry, that will position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round warm weather destination by 2017.
Youth from several CTO member countries will make their contributions to the discussions at a Youth Congress, one of the vehicles through which CTO encourages the best and brightest to consider tourism as a career.
This is a not to be missed event for serious Caribbean tourism leaders and influencers, thought leaders, educators and marketing and development strategists. The Caribbean Tourism Organization, therefore, invites all tourism stakeholders to participate in this year’s State of the Industry Conferences (SOTIC), contribute to the discussion and be a part of the solution.
The conference brings together:
• Tourism ministers, commissioners and national tourism organization representatives.
• Leaders and chief executives of private sector organizations.
• Aspiring tourism professionals; representatives of companies currently doing tourism
business with the Caribbean or planning to do so from airlines, cruise lines, hotels,
tour operations, wholesale operations, credit card companies.
• Experts from the international tourism marketplace and heads of travel and tourism
related companies; companies involved in providing goods and services, or interested
in the development of the Region.
• Individuals who wish to establish new business contacts or renew old relationships.
• Individuals in search of information on trends in the industry and other data for
use in developing their business.
• Travel agent members of the CTO Chapter and others who sell the Caribbean
or want to increase their knowledge of the region.
• Travel journalists, writers and photographers.
Martinique is magical; a rich and vibrant tapestry of French chic and authentic Creole spice woven across an absolutely fascinating tropical setting nestled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles.
An overseas region of France, Martinique stirs wanderlust and passions with the Caribbean's most delectable culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more. Its various nicknames ― The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World ― hint at the uniquely special experiences that await visitors here, as do such celebrated awards as “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” (Caribbean Travel + Life: 2009), “Best Caribbean Destination” (About.com: 2010), and induction of The bay of Fort-de-France in The Most Beautiful Bays of the World (2011). Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. Majestic Mt. Pelée and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found here. The finest French products and the wonders of Caribbean authenticity are readily available here.
A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!