BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean demonstrated a strong
presence at the recent International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in
Among the 181 countries and territories participating in the
event were 28 of the Caribbean Tourism Organization's (CTO) 32
The CTO coordinated a Caribbean Village at the Berlin Exhibition
Ground, site of the tourism trade fair.
"The village provided our members with a vehicle by which they
could exhibit their products and deal with buyers and suppliers,"
said Jean Holder, CTO secretary general.
The CTO also hosted the 4th Caribbean Forum, which addressed
issues relating to Caribbean tourism.
"This sent a clear message to the tourism world that the
Caribbean region remains a top option for vacation travel," Holder
Although bookings to the Caribbean from Europe are up this
winter compared with last, they still remain below expected levels,
according to Holder.
Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica -- key
destinations for Europeans -- registered declines in arrivals this
However, other destinations, such as Antigua and Barbuda,
Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos, recorded increases ranging from
2.1% to 15.8% in European visitors.