SAN JUAN -- The 30th Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference, now underway at the Puerto Rico Convention Center here features a strong mix of information sessions, networking opportunities and marks the return of a trade show, which made its debut at last year's event.

More than 600 tourism industry officials are expected to be in attendance, representing Caribbean governments, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, travel agents, tour operators, strategic partners and media.

The theme of the conference, which is organized in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., is "The Next Generation: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future."

The agenda includes live streaming video of several conference events, a session on the impact of global warming on the tourism industry and workshops for agents.

Several academic voices in the field of climate change will share information on the effects of climate change on the Caribbean tourism industry and offer possible solutions on how the industry can reduce its contribution to the problem.

"Climate change is a primary concern for all sectors of the global economy, especially those of us in the tourism industry," said Hugh Riley, the CTO's director of marketing for the Americas.

"Our goal for this conference is to learn more about how the changing climate affects our destinations. We also want to determine how we can help stem the tide through our industry's own practices."

Other events during the conference include sessions on social networking, Internet marketing, a Youth Congress, the Conde Nast Traveler "My Caribbean" essay competition.

To view the conference sessions live or to access the audio, visit www.insidethecaribbean.com or www.onecaribbean.org.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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