BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean tourism ministers and public sector representatives will convene here Feb. 8 to discuss critical industry issues, including a sustainable funding formula for the proposed public/private sector regional ad campaign.

The meeting marks the third ministerial-level confab since Sept. 11, including the special CARICOM Summit in the Bahamas less than two months ago.

Tommy Turnquest, Caribbean Tourism Organization chairman and Bahamas' tourism minister, urged delegates to maintain the same "heightened sense of urgency" that prevailed during the Bahamas meeting.

"If we lose the momentum to set regional tourism on the right path, we do a disservice to our people," Turnquest said.

Other issues on the table include an intra-Caribbean marketing and public relations program, the creation of a Caribbean Tourism Development Fund and the preparation of a regional tourism strategic plan.

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