Caribbean countries turn attention to airlift

By Gay Nagle Myers
The Caribbean Tourism Organization announced a CTO Aviation Committee to facilitate air transportation into and throughout the Caribbean and to increase Caribbean airlift, particularly in CTO member countries.

The committee is co-chaired by Beverly Nicholson-Doty, CTO chairwoman and commissioner of tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Ricky Skerritt, former CTO chairman and minister of tourism for St. Kitts & Nevis.

During her inaugural news conference at the CTO State of the Industry Conference in St. Kitts on on Oct. 12, Nicholson-Doty announced her intention to establish this committee within 30 days.

“The CTO recognizes that air transportation is crucial to the success of Caribbean tourism. It is imperative that we seek convenient, affordable and reliable air service if we are to realize our vision of positioning the Caribbean as the world’s most desirable, year-round, warm-weather destination in five years,” she said.

The CTO Aviation Committee is charged with developing and implementing strategies to increase intra-Caribbean tourism; examining the volume and potential of air service into and within the Caribbean; reviewing the status of air transport regulations to and within the region; and facilitating practices and procedures to ease passenger flow to and throughout the region.

The committee also will review aviation taxes and seek to develop relationships between carriers, regulators, airport authorities, customs, immigration, security and other relevant entities.

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