Cuban official to attend CTO's Caribbean Week

NEW YORK -- For the first time, a Cuban-based tourism official will attend Caribbean Week here May 28 to 31, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Orlando Rangel Delgado, the coordinator of international affairs in Cuba's Ministry of Tourism, secured a U.S. visa to attend the four-day event.

"This is a historic breakthrough," said Jean Holder, CTO's secretary general. "We have never before been able to get U.S. permission for a tourism official from Cuba to attend our New York meeting."

Holder said that CTO has tried since Cuba joined CTO in 1992, but up until now efforts have failed.

In the past, Cuba has been represented at CTO meetings in New York by its ambassador to the United Nations or other U.S.-based officials.

CTO marks 50 years of Caribbean tourism this year, and Delgado is one of 50 individuals who will be honored for contributions to travel and tourism in the region.

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