NASSAU, Bahamas --
The Caribbean Hotel Association's Caribbean Marketplace 2008 is
underway this week at Atlantis Paradise Island here, marking the
seventh time that the annual conference has been hosted by the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel Association.
Peter Odle, CHA
president, said that the 1,400 delegates in attendance "represent
one of biggest Marketplace events to take place." The attendance
figures include buyers, suppliers and more than 800 public- and
private-sector tourism representatives from 36 Caribbean
prime minister of the Bahamas, challenged the Caribbean region "to
remain competitive as a destination of choice for the reduced
number of U.S. travelers who will, no doubt, in 2008 be focused on
value for their shrinking dollars more than ever
figures were flat for most of the region last year, Ingraham said
that the Bahamas and other destinations "have been encouraged by
signs of a reversal in this trend in the closing months of 2007 and
we remain optimistic for 2008."
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