CTO to review Caribbean's tourism strategy

NEW YORK -- Key points of the Caribbean's Regional Tourism Strategic Plan will be reviewed June 18 by the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Board of Directors in Puerto Rico.

The initial draft of the plan, mandated by Caribbean government heads in Nassau last December as a result of the aftermath of Sept. 11, was discussed in New York in May.

Objectives of the Strategic Plan include: increasing tourism expenditures in the region by 5% or more in the next 10 years; increasing arrivals by 1% or more above the world average growth; arresting the declining market share of cruise tourism and increasing the conversion of cruise tourists to stay-over visitors.

The plan's final version is expected to be completed by July 31.

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