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Tourism Stakeholders Getting Set For Caribbean Travel Marketplace This Month

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

caribbean travel marketplace2018Registration for this month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is strong.

Following a meeting with the Host Committee in San Juan this week, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) reported that demand among travel industry stakeholders to do business in the region was encouraging, given the continued interest and registration response for the annual event.

CHTA Director General Frank Comito said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held from January 30 to February 1, 2018, were now in the advanced stages and the association was on track to eclipse the 1,000-delegate mark before the start of the event. "This speaks not only to the resilience of the Caribbean's bread and butter tourism industry, but also to the fortitude of the Caribbean's people," Comito remarked before returning to CHTA's headquarters in Miami.

Comito observed Puerto Rico, which was among the islands impacted by September's two Category 5 hurricanes, is on the rebound and more than ready to host this year's edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace. "It is remarkable what the good people at the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association have been able to accomplish as they prepare to welcome this marquee event to their island," he said.

Close to 500 supplier delegates from more than 200 companies across 30 countries will join another 100-plus media representatives at this year's event.

More than 200 delegates from close to 100 buyer companies, 19 of which are new to the conference, including four new MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) companies, have registered. Buyer companies hail from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

"And there's still more than a week to register," said Comito, as he encouraged more attendees to leverage the networking opportunities at the event, where buyers (e.g. tour operators, online travel agents and MICE planners) are matched with Caribbean suppliers (e.g. hotels, tour companies and tourism departments) during a busy two-day program featuring thousands of pre-scheduled appointments.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace is produced by CHTA in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association.

The event opens on the evening of Tuesday, January 30 and is preceded by educational sessions earlier in the day. For more information, visit www.chtamarketplace.com or call +1 305 443-3040.  Details about registration can be found at https://www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace, produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, is hosted by Interval International, JetBlue Vacations and Mastercard. Platinum Sponsors include ADARA, AMResorts, Cable & Wireless, CaribbeanWE, Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia, Figment Design, Hotels.com, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, Orbitz, Sojern, STR, Travelocity and Travelzoo. American Airlines, ARDA-ROC, Best Western, Brides, Delta Air Lines, Destination Travel Network, Duetto, Northstar Meetings Group, Lexicon Travel Technologies, Martha Stewart Weddings, Prevue Meetings, Rainmaker, Recommend Magazine, Simpleview, Symova, The New York Times, Time Inc., TravelClick and Travel Channel have joined the event as gold sponsors.

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