A strong turnout is predicted for the 12th annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, set for May 6 to 8 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port-of-Spain.

Registration is on par with last year's record levels, according to the Caribbean Tourism Development Co., the event organizer as well as the marketing and business arm of the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

More than 500 delegates are expected to attend, including investors, hotel owners, CEOs, lenders, financial advisors, mortgage brokers, real estate agents, lawyers, tourism officials and timeshare developers.

"This forum is an ideal opportunity to explore development and investment opportunities with decision-makers, ranging from funding institutions to government," said Joseph Ross, minister of tourism for Trinidad and Tourism.

"CHTIC has been designed to not only serve as another talk shop but also to act as a forum to conect with the right people to discuss specific development and investment opportunities." Ross said.

Themes for the presentations this year include the development of a green resort, cultural experiences beyond the beach, understanding mixed-use development agreements and new financining options for the region.

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