Initially barred from attending the Caribbean
Tourism Organizations Caribbean Week events in New York this week
by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Charles Turnbull, Pamela Richards, CTOs
chairwoman as well as U.S.V.I. commissioner of tourism, Richards
arrived in New York late on June 14 in time to preside over
critical meetings June 15 with CTO leaders and more than 33 tourism
ministers and directors.
Turnbull had originally denied Richards request to attend the
CTO event at the last minute, forcing Richards to notify CTO
officials late last week of her impending absence at the annual event.
Meanwhile, CTO officials in New York worked behind the scenes in
an attempt to diplomatically resolve the issue, a spokesman
The U.S. Virgin Islands hosted CTOs annual Caribbean Tourism
Conference twice in the past three years. At the 2005 conference,
Turnbull addressed delegates, stressing the important role played
by CTO in the development of tourism in the region, and touting the
U.S.V.I.s tourism strengths.
Following the top-level official meetings and a press
conference, Caribbean Week wraps up with the annual Governments of
the Caribbean State Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria June 16.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to[email protected].