Travel/Tourism

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is forecasting a rebound in visitor arrivals in 2010 with moderate growth expected for the region on the heels of positive indicators from the fourth quarter of 2009.According to Winfield Griffith, director of research and information technology, the CTO is expecting tourism in the region to grow by up to three percent in 2010 as the global economy continues to see recovery.
A hardworking team from Saint Lucia recorded successes at the annual Caribbean Week in New York. The team, which was led by Senator Allen Chastanet, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Director of Tourism Louis Lewis, promoted the delights of the Eastern Caribbean island to the multitudes as well as to the travel specialists who flocked to the week-long showcasing of the Caribbean's many tourism products. Minister Chastanet represented Saint Lucia at official Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) gatherings as well other meetings designed to position Saint Lucia as an ideal destination for both vacationers and investors.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will grow by 6.5 per cent this year, on the heels of last year's five per cent increase. Addressing Heads of Missions at a meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on Wednesday June 29, Mr. Bartlett said that the Ministry has adopted a number of initiatives, as part of the growth strategy to ensure this reality. He said that central to the growth strategy is airlift security and, unless the partnership between the airlines and Government is maintained, “we will be like the beautiful gems at the bottom of the sea; everybody knows that it’s there, but nobody can get to it”.
David Hobden and Marina Vassilieva from California, pictured with Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager, John Keating, Sandals Resorts CEO, Adam Stewart and Chairman and Founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, were among the first guests to experience the new Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas.Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas opened its doors last week, welcoming guests for the very first time to the sprawling 500-acre resort. Fresh off the heels of their stay at Sandals Emerald Bay, where they were among the first-ever guests of the new property, David Hobden and Marina Vassilieva of Birlington, California were excited to share their experience.
The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) has endorsed the recent launch of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association's OTA (Online Travel Agency), and has implemented the Regatta booking engine on VisitBarbados.org, the official government sponsored destination website for Barbados.  The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) announced the launch of the OTA Software on May 31st and has seen an increasing number of bookings since.
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