The Cayman Islands will be the venue for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) first major in-person event since the pandemic. The CTO’s Business Meetings will be held from September 12-15. The Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism have partnered with the regional organisation for the event.
On the agenda, during the series of meetings, is Caribbean Aviation Day which will be hosted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on September 14. The participants’ list is expected to include ministers of CTO member countries, directors of tourism, senior executives, media, and regional students who participate in the Caribbean Youth Congress, as well as international aviation experts.
“It is a great honour to be the host country for this significant conference and we look forward to welcoming CTO and the delegations from the member countries to the Cayman Islands,” said Minister for Tourism and Transport, Kenneth Bryan. “The CTO does vital work for the region, and this is an opportunity for regional ministers and industry leaders to meet face-to-face to have key discussions as the region continues to recover from the pandemic and plan for the future.”
The organization’s annual Business Meetings, hosted by a member destination, bring together CTO members to discuss and plan key issues. The conference has been on hold for the past two years due to the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The September gathering will include meetings by the CTO board and minsters as well as the election of the chairman of the council of ministers. It will also include the Caribbean Youth Congress, a developmental competition involving students aged 14 to 17 from CTO member countries who debate on regional tourism matters. Its main aim is to stimulate greater awareness and excitement about tourism among young people in our Caribbean communities
“The tourism sector and the Caribbean as a whole have faced severe challenges over the two years of the pandemic but have confronted these with a tenacity which has further demonstrated the resilience of the sector,” said Acting CTO Secretary-General, Neil Walters.
“For some months, there have been distinct signs pointing to a robust recovery by the sector, underlined by the fact that the Caribbean is among the regions experiencing the fastest rates of growth since mid-2021 and in some cases outpacing the rest of the world. The CTO believes this is an optimal moment for industry leaders to collaborate and strategize,” he added.