BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig announced on Wednesday that Jamaica will host the 42nd edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace next year.
She told a news conference that other Caribbean islands that have not yet hosted the event, had been invited to do so, but indicated that they were unable to do so.
Barbados is hosting this year’s edition of the event for the first time under the theme “Tourism: The key driver of generational wealth for Caribbean nationals.”
Madden-Greig told reporters that next year's Travel Marketplace would give Jamaica the opportunity to do pre and post-tours as is normally done including working with Jamaica’s northern neighbors to do multi-destination tours.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, who is attending the 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace, said he is exceptionally pleased to welcome the event back to his island.
“It’s five years since we had a mega tourism event. As a signature statement of recovery, Jamaica will going host one of the most exciting CHTA’s that you would have ever seen, a marketplace with a difference,’ he said.
He said there would be sessions on thought leadership, and resilience, and mega players from across the world would be brought in for those discussions.
“You could look forward to a first day that would be filled with strong activation around sustainability, resilience, investment, and of course, the tourism trade,” he said.
Chair of the CHTA Travel Marketplace committee, Karen Whit, Chair, told the news conference that this year’s marketplace has seen participation from 24 countries.
She said overall there are 101 buyers and 178 suppliers at the event.