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CTO presents Dr. Roy Hastick, Sr., with its Distinguished Citizen Award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (4 August 2018) – Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) presented its “Distiguished Caribbean Citizen Award” to Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., president and CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), during a recent CACCI small business development power breakfast meeting. The honour is part of CTO’s Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards given annually during Caribbean Week New York festivities.

“The Caribbean Tourism Organization recognises Dr. Roy Hastick for his longstanding commitment to representing the interests of Caribbean people at the New York City and State levels,” said Riley (pictured on the right in the photo). “His steadfast endeavours to strengthen commercial links between the Caribbean and the region’s Diaspora are particularly worthy of commendation and for that reason we have bestowed the Distinguished Caribbean Citizen Award on him.”

“I am excited and thrilled to receive the Distinguished Caribbean Citizen Award from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a prestigious association that promotes tourism in the region throughout the world,” said Hastick (pictured on the left in the photo). “For over 33 years CACCI has been promoting trade, investment and tourism between the United States and the Caribbean as well as helping thousands of small businesses in the New York metropolitan area survive and thrive.”

Hastick was born in Grenada and migrated to the U.S. in 1972 and worked for several years as an administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur and newspaper publisher. Through his involvement with organisations in the Borough of Brooklyn, Hastick recognised the need for the Caribbean community to unify in support of one another in order to improve the quality of life for everyone. As a result of his work in the small business community, Hastick was appointed Honorary Brooklyn Ambassador by Brooklyn Borough president Eric L. Adams.

As president and CEO of CACCI, he has helped grow the statewide membership organization to over 1,700 and provides expertise in providing business assistance to small start-up and emerging businesses in areas of business planning, financing, procurement, preparation for certification and business expansion, tourism and export/import opportunities.

CACCI’s extensive track record of service delivery includes sponsoring over 600 business networking meetings and establishing partnerships with US government and private business entities. Over the years, CACCI has sponsored numerous trade missions to the Caribbean, convened business meetings and held briefing sessions on behalf of several Caribbean Heads of State including Prime Ministers of Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Barbados, Haiti, Dominica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Chief Minister of Montserrat.

In August 2017, the CTO and CACCI formalised a cooperation strategy between the two organizations to enhance the level of engagement with the Caribbean Diaspora and to strengthen relationships with entities serving the people of the Caribbean.

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CARIBBEAN CULTURE, FASHION & CULINARY ARTISTRY ENHANCE CARIBBEAN WEEK 2018 EVENTS (#CWNY18)

NEW YORK, NY (25 May 2018) – Vibrant colours, authentic cuisine and Caribbean fashion will be on display in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as five Caribbean American designers and an exceptionally talented Caribbean chef will be featured during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show on Thursday, 7 June 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. as part of Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18) hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

Rejuvenation – A Caribbean American Fashion Showcase will feature industry veteran Malchijah Hats from Guyana, d’Marsh Couture headed by Jamaican designer Glenroy March, Haitian fashion designer Berny Martin’s CatouWear, and high-end women’s brand apparel Fashion Sixty4’s Samanta Samuel from Trinidad and Tobago. The fashion show will be presented by JLC PRoductions, in association with EventsWorks and TSD Image.

“For decades, the Caribbean has been a source of inspiration to fashion designers, movie makers and other artists globally, however, the creatives of the Caribbean have yet to capitalize, en masse, in their own vibrant creativity. Surely in this Year of Rejuvenation, we should all agree that the time has indeed come for the Caribbean to shore up its sustainable diversity and as a region, create economic empowerment through cultural development,” said Janice Lawrence-Clarke, Founder CAFE – Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™.

The event will also feature the culinary masterpieces of Barbados native Chef Jason Howard. Chef Howard is marking his place in history as a modern Caribbean chef as he infuses the flavours of his native cuisine with French cooking techniques to create stunning, balanced, and thought-provoking dishes, known for vibrant colours and diverse textures.

“Coming to New York to be a part of a celebration of Caribbean food is testimony to my belief that our cultural influences have taken root in international cuisine and fine dining,” said Howard, adding “This should be inspiration for upcoming Caribbean chefs to express themselves using the ingredients, techniques and flavours which first sparked their passion for food.”

“CTO is committed to continuing to showcase the great cultural talent of the region, through food, music, fashion and many other expressions,” said Sylma Brown, director CTO-USA. “Caribbean Week is an important and perfect platform for destinations to seamlessly highlight the authentic and complex nature of the region. CTO is grateful for the opportunity to share with the world the work of a few of many of the region’s savvy designers and chefs during Caribbean Week,” Brown added.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (3-8 June), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Anguilla, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, Antigua & Barbuda, Arrivalist, Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdale’s, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Doctor’s Cave, Dominica, Empire State Building, GoGo Vacations, Grace Foods, Grenada, Haiti, Half Moon, Jamaica, JetBlue, Ka’ana Resort and Spa, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Seaborne Airlines, Sheraton-Puerto Rico, Sugarcane Restaurant, Travel + Leisure, Travel Impressions, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), and William Sonoma. Media Sponsors: Meredith Travel Group, UBC Network, and Zee TV.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9350.

CTO members receive special concessions when they participate in Caribbean Week New York. To find out more about membership visit http://bit.ly/alliedmembers or email [email protected].

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, please visit www.OneCaribbean.org and follow CTO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to be part of the conversation.

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Caribbean Week New York Travel Agent Trade Show & Educational Forum Highlights Wellness Tourism

NEW YORK, NY (29 May 2018) – Travel and tourism suppliers, agents and distributors will come together at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Trade Show and Educational Forum for Travel Agents as part of Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18). The event for travel professions is by invitation only and will take place Tuesday, 5 June 2018, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue).

Tying in with CTO’s “Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation” for 2018, the high-profile event is themed “Selling Wellness Travel” and will showcase why the Caribbean is the premier region for health and wellness – practices that have become increasingly important in societies around the world.

“Destinations, hotels and other suppliers are enhancing or shifting their products to appeal to a wellness-conscious affluent demographic and travel agents must position themselves to benefit from this trend,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA. She added, “According to the Wellness Global Institute, between 2013 and 2015 the wellness industry grew at a faster rate than any other industry and wellness tourism is on a trajectory to become an $800 billion industry by 2020. Travel agents must capitalize on this market share to ensure their continued success.”

Event attendees will get insight into this market segment from Sandra Ramani, senior contributing editor, Organic Spa Media Ltd. Celebrating her tenth year with the publication, Ramani has been covering spa, beauty, wellness, travel and lifestyle topics for over 18 years. Previously she served as a spa/beauty editor for New York Magazine and as editor-in-chief of Premier Traveler magazine.

In keeping with CTO’s objective of providing travel agents with the tools that will help keep the Caribbean top-of-mind when discussing travel options with clients, this forum will feature several Caribbean destinations sharing information on their diverse wellness products – a market segment that can present significant financial rewards for agents who are knowledgeable and able to develop packages that appeal to a wider audience of well-connected discerning affluent travellers.

The event is designed to give suppliers and destination representatives the opportunity to highlight what is special about their product and share relevant information, tips and trends with travel agents who work with leading tour operators with a heavy concentration on Caribbean travel.

“During the trade show and educational forum, public and private sector exhibitors will showcase the diverse product that currently exists in the region which explains why the Caribbean should be a major player in wellness tourism,” noted Brown.

Travel agents will hear from representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Islands of the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Club Med, Dominica, GoGo Vacations, Grenada, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Travel Impressions and Unique Vacations/Sandals and Beaches.

Further solidifying the importance of this event for both agents and suppliers, more than 80 specially selected qualified travel agents from databases of the top-producing tour operators for Caribbean travel have registered for the event. Only a few slots are still available.

“Judging by the enthusiasm of the agents that have registered, travel agents look forward to receiving exclusive insight and tools from industry experts which they can use to sell Caribbean vacations to their clients,” said Brown. “We encourage suppliers to register for this high-demand event to network with travel agents and ultimately, keep their product at the forefront.”

Participation fees for exhibitors are $995 (government members); $1,045 (non-government members); and $900 for small hotels (under 50 rooms).

For more information or to register to exhibit, click HERE.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (3-8 June), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

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Empire State Building to Light Up NY City Skyline in Caribbean Colors During Caribbean Week

NEW YORK, NY (17 May 2018) – Caribbean colours will decorate the New York City skyline on Wednesday, 6 June when the Empire State Building honours the region by lighting its world-famous tower in purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta (pictured from 2017) in celebration of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18).

“It is an honour that the famous New York City skyline will be colourfully adorned in celebration of Caribbean Week,” Sylma Brown, the director of CTO-US, said. “We appreciate the on-going support of this annual series of events by lighting the iconic building in the Caribbean’s traditional colours,” she added.

New Yorkers and visitors to the city can share their photos of the Caribbean-themed Empire State Building with CTO via social media using the hashtag #CWNY18 and tagging CTO’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as the Empire State Building’s pages across Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the reenergizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Anguilla, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, Antigua & Barbuda, Arrivalist, Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Doctor’s Cave, Dominica, Empire State Building, GoGo Vacations, Grace Foods, Grenada, Haiti, Half Moon, Jamaica, JetBlue, Ka’ana Resort and Spa, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Seaborne Airlines, Sheraton-Puerto Rico, Sugarcane Restaurant, Travel + Leisure, Travel Impressions, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), and William Sonoma. Media Sponsors: Meredith Travel Group, UBC Network, and Zee TV.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9350.

CTO members receive special concessions when they participate in Caribbean Week New York. To find out more about membership visit http://bit.ly/alliedmembers or email [email protected].

 

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Caribbean Week NY 2018 Kicks Off Business Sessions with Tourism Industry Workshop, June 4

NEW YORK, NY (16 May 2018) – Delegates from National Tourist Offices, government agencies and other trade representatives, will explore winning sales techniques during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Workshop as part of Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18). The event will take place Monday, 4 June 2018, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue).

Facilitated by Steve Lang, CEO of Mon Cheri Bridals LLC, and themed “Employing Successful Sales Strategies,” the highly-anticipated event will help attendees identify their company’s sales style and learn when and how to modify it to become effective converting sales to profits. Lang will highlight the “must do’s” of an effective sales person, including a positive attitude, creative preparation, consistent performance and possessing unwavering confidence in their product.

Attendees will learn how to develop and tell their company’s story in a way that attracts prospects and converts them to customers. The workshop will also walk attendees through the process of building an effective sales calendar that takes advantage of all available opportunities.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Lang is a marketing and sales guru responsible for the successful launch and sales of over $5 billion worth of products and services throughout his 30-year career. Holding an MBA in Marketing and Finance, Lang worked for major Fortune 500 companies before creating Mon Cheri, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wedding gowns, social occasion dresses, prom and children’s dresses.

One of the keys to Lang’s success is his belief that successful sales practices can be learned to dramatically improve the end result. He has crafted a sales training course for owners and sales staff at the 10,000 retail establishments that sell Mon Cheri products. His seminar success has resulted in his being invited to be a visiting lecturer at Syracuse University in New York and Drexel University in Pennsylvania. One of his major accomplishments was a sales and business modeling tool he created in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the reenergizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

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Students Colloquium to Feature Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism During Caribbean Week New York

NEW YORK, NY (15 May 2018) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will host its eighth annual Caribbean Students Colloquium on Wednesday, 6 June 2018, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Ave., New York). Co-sponsored by Cititech Solutions and Academy Engraving, the Colloquium – an event where students are challenged to present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects – is dubbed “Students Taking Center Stage: A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism.” This event is open to the public and free to registered attendees (click here to register).

The Colloquium will take place during Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18) when it brings together students enrolled in tourism and hospitality programs that have a devotion to the Caribbean and are eager to make a contribution to its sustainable development.

The Colloquium is designed with three main goals:

  • To serve as a catalyst for creativity through competitiveness and scholastic research
  • To enhance in-class learning among students by heightening sensitivity to sustainable initiatives in the Caribbean
  • To provide a platform for understanding the Caribbean tourism product and contributing to its development as a world-class destination

Teams are provided with the following three optional topics for their presentations: developing a strategic plan to confront one of four specific challenges facing the industry; designing a detailed tourism attraction proposal; or presenting an empirical and feasible initiative that governments can implement to boost tourism economic benefits within their local community.

Submitted presentations were reviewed and four schools were selected to participate in this year’s contest to capture the coveted title of 2018 Student Colloquium Champions: Monroe College – New York; University of the Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas; University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman; and University of Technology – Kingston, Jamaica.

The final free-style presentations will be judged during the Students Colloquium by a panel of sustainable tourism and finance practitioners – Hugh Hough, Partner and President, GreenTeam Global, NY; Petra Roach, Director-USA, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Reginald Canal, Founder & Partner, Les Cayes Partners; and Rob Holmes, Founder & Chief Strategist, GLP Films.

“Tourism education is a critical element of sustainability in the Caribbean and the CTO is committed to ensuring that the brightest and best lead the tourism industry into the future,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA, adding: “The Colloquium allows students to shine and to share their best ideas and original case studies.”

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the reenergizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Anguilla, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, Antigua & Barbuda, Arrivalist, Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Doctor’s Cave, Dominica, Empire State Building, GoGo Vacations, Grace Foods, Grenada, Haiti, Half Moon, Jamaica, JetBlue, Ka’ana Resort and Spa, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Seaborne Airlines, Sheraton-Puerto Rico, Sugarcane Restaurant, Travel + Leisure, Travel Impressions, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), and William Sonoma. Media Sponsors: Meredith Travel Group, UBC Network, and Zee TV.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9350.

CTO members receive special concessions when they participate in Caribbean Week New York. To find out more about membership visit http://bit.ly/alliedmembers or email [email protected].

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