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One of New York’s Finest Wine, Spirits and Food Festivals to Get a Special Caribbean Twist

~ For the first time ever, CTO member countries will participate in Toast of Brooklyn, while CTO Foundation will launch an auction at the 10 November event in Williamsburg ~

 

NEW YORK, NY (29 October 2018) – There will be a special Caribbean twist this year to one of New York’s finest wine, spirits and food festivals, the Toast of Brooklyn, which will be held on Saturday 10 November at the futuristic William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The organisers have revealed that a special feature of Toast of Brooklyn 2018 will be the promotion of Caribbean cuisine and tourism to the approximately 3,000 attendees, adding a unique Caribbean twist to a mainstream audience while maintaining an atmosphere of sophistication.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has been working with the organisers to secure the participation of member countries, which, at no cost to them, will be provided with a station from which their chefs will share samples of their signature dishes, although they will be required to pay a small fee should they wish to distribute promotional materials.

In addition, the CTO Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism and related subjects, will launch an auction including Caribbean holidays at Toast of Brooklyn to help raise funds for the scholarship programme. The organisers have also chosen the CTO Foundation as one of the beneficiaries.

“Our choice of the CTO Foundation as a beneficiary of the 11th Annual Toast of Brooklyn event is in keeping with our objective of identifying organisations whose core principles are based on promoting academic achievement and leadership,” said Toast of Brooklyn founder Edmon Braithwaite.

“The promotion of these ideals is now more profound after witnessing last year’s natural disasters in the Caribbean. It is admirable that the CTO Foundation is committed to nurturing the young achievers of today to become the leaders of tomorrow in a very challenging and dynamic hospitality industry. We also believe that concomitant to our support of the CTO Foundation is the promotion of the rich, diverse Caribbean culture to the absorbing Brooklyn audience. We look forward to a great event and relationship.”

This expression of support to the foundation clearly demonstrates that companies and individuals from the Caribbean Diaspora are eager to contribute to its ideals by leveraging their contacts and providing access to their events in the marketplace to assist the CTO Foundation in meeting its objective, according to Sylma Brown who heads the CTO’ New York office.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the CTO and the foundation to liaise more directly with a young, upscale demographic with the propensity and means to travel to the Caribbean.  This is also an opportunity for us to invite them to support our activities during Caribbean Week New York,” Brown said.

“Thanks to Mr. Braithwaite for extending the invitation to the Foundation and providing us with one additional means of raising funds and promoting the region.”

Now in its 11th year, Toast of Brooklyn features a combination of global wines and spirits producers along with small batch boutique wineries and craft spirits. Exotic cuisine from world tourism hotspots, renowned chefs from the Food Network and local artisans also participate in this one-of-its-kind experience that capitalises on Brooklyn’s unique cultural diversity.

For further information on Toast of Brooklyn visit www.thetoastofbrooklyn.com or email [email protected].

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CTO Scholarship Foundation welcomes 2017 applications, deadline April 15

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (10 March, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, has announced that the CTO Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships and study grants from Caribbean nationals in CTO member countries until April 15, 2017.

The goal of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training. The foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership, and who have a strong interest in making positive contributions to Caribbean tourism.

“Facilitating the education and development of Caribbean nationals is not just a philanthropic endeavor, it is an investment in our human resources,” said Bonita Morgan, the CTO’s director of resource mobilization and development. “So many scholarship recipients have gone on to play major roles within their communities and these success stories motivate us to continue our support for promising students who are the future leaders of Caribbean tourism.”

This year the Foundation is offering the following:

  • Scholarships up to US$12,000 to individuals wishing to study tourism or hospitality at a post-graduate level.
  • Study grants up to US$2,500 to individuals pursuing a first-level degree in tourism/hospitality, or industry personnel who wish to learn a second language to enhance job performance.
  • Study grants up to US$2,500 to individuals wishing to study research and statistics in honor of CTO’s former Director of Research and Information Management, Mr. Arley Sobers.
  • Study grant/scholarship in honor of former Director General of the Caribbean Tourism Association, Mrs. Audrey Palmer Hawks, who was responsible for marketing the Caribbean region as a tourist attraction to travelers in the United States and Canada.

Application forms for 2017 scholarships and grants can be accessed online at www.onecaribbean.org. Completed forms must be returned to CTO Foundation’s headquarters (7th Floor, Baobab Tower, Warrens St, Michael, Barbados, W.I.) by April 15, 2017. Applications will not be accepted via email or fax.

The 2017 scholarship winners are scheduled to be announced by the end of June 2017. For additional information, please contact Marvelle Sealy at 246-427-5242 or via [email protected]

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