CTO board calls emergency meeting for Oct. 9

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization's board of directors called an emergency session for Oct. 9 at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Attendees will discuss a coordinated response to the effects on travel and tourism following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. last month.

Citing "serious implications for government revenue in all member countries," CTO secretary-general Jean Holder said the organization must have a regional approach to the situation in addition to national responses.

Topics of the meeting include a short- to long-term outlook for business in the region; a discussion on safety and security issues and measures to be taken, and an evaluation of the immediate financial needs of the tourism sector.

The ministers of tourism from the 33 government members of CTO will take place at Atlantis on Oct. 8 to discuss the same topics.

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