Three Caribbean groups unite

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Three Caribbean regional tourism organizations -- the Caribbean Hotel Association, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association -- began a cooperative effort with the formation of the Caribbean Tourism Facilitation Committee.

Under this collective, the committee will meet on a regular basis to examine issues such as converting cruise passengers into stay-over visitors, exploring volume discounts on provisions common to hotels and cruise lines, developing regional marketing initiatives and revisiting proposals to create a regional tourism fund.

The three groups also pledged to undertake joint research; share information, including customer surveys; and work to upgrade the tourism product.

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