CTO Relief Fund

CTO collects donations through the CTO Relief Fund for relief efforts in any of our member countries affected by hurricanes and to assist other Caribbean countries affected by natural disasters. It’s through this Fund that CTO channels monetary assistance to impacted member states.


TS Erika affecting Dominica.

CTO & the UK Air Passenger Duty

cto meets with John Penrose on APD issue

CTO officials meet with John Penrose in the UK on the APD,

Caribbean Governments, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) have made clear jointly and separately at every opportunity, their concern about the impact that the present four band Air Passenger Duty (APD) system is having on the Caribbean economy and on its Diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Read June 29, 2011 CTO Summary Statement on APD

At the Prime Ministerial level, concerns about APD were raised with the former UK Prime Minister at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and again in 2011 in a letter to Prime Minister Cameron from the Prime Minister of Grenada, in his capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Representations were also made to visiting British ministers and to the UK Parliament.

Caribbean Tourism Ministers raised their concerns directly with British Ministers at the UK Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department for Transport.

Read March 2011 CTO Statement on APD Consultations

Nov. 2010: The Impact of Air Passenger Duty And Possible Alternatives for the Caribbean

In September 2010, six Caribbean Tourism Ministers met in London with British Ministers, officials, MPs and industry representatives to make clear their concerns about the damaging effect that Air Passenger Duty (APD) was having on the Caribbean tourism economy and the Caribbean community in the UK. The visit was organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Read Nov. 2010 Statement

Aviation Task Force

The objective of the CTO-Aviation Task Force is to encourage, champion and inform the facilitation of air transportation into and throughout the Caribbean with particular emphasis on the member-countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Since its formation in November 2012, the CTO-Aviation Task Force (CTO-ATF) has become an important resource for Caribbean aviation and a catalyst for change in the industry. The CTO-ATF is officially recognized regionally. The Task Force continues to have an important role in effecting change in Caribbean air transport, towards improving the tourism performance of the CTO’s member-countries.