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
"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