The Caribbean Hotel Association's Caribbean
Marketplace 2008 is set for Jan. 13 to 15 at Atlantis Paradise
Island in Nassau, marking the seventh time that the annual
conference has been hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and
Aviation and the Bahamas Hotel Association.
More than 300
buyers are registered for the conference to date, surpassing
registration figures for the same period last year. The buyers
include wholesalers, incentive and group operators, meetings
planners and dive shop owners from around the world.
Close to 800
public- and private- sector tourism representatives from 36
Caribbean destinations also have registered for
The event serves as
a one-stop venue for face-to-face meetings between buyers and
suppliers representing inns, guest houses, villas, time-shares,
all-inclusives and hotel chains throughout the Caribbean to discuss
existing contracts, package development and future business
appointment scheduling process matches buyer and supplier
details, visit www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com.
sustainability of the Caribbean coastal product will be the focus
of the 10th annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Development to be held in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, from
Aril 28 to May 1.
The host hotel is
Beaches Turks and Caicos, a Green Globe-certified
theme of "Keeping the Right Balance -- Sustaining the Caribbean
Coastal Product" is in keeping with the designation of 2008 as
International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef
Initiative, an organization devoted to protecting coral reefs and
related ecosystems worldwide.
"Given that the
region's tourism development is largely coastal, there are a number
of key issues that affect the sustainability of the region's
tourism, such as climate change, disaster risk management, cruise
tourism and marine-based attractions," said Mareba Scott, the
Caribbean Tourism Organization's sustainable tourism product
program will include study tours in the destination, including a
visit to a conch farm.
details, visit www.onecaribbean.org.
contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay
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