Caribbean Tourism Ministers Meet With Nationals

Monday, May 21, 2007

Caribbean tourism ministers traveling to New York for Caribbean Week 2007 from June 9-17 will get the chance to interact with New York-based nationals, at two town hall meetings being organized by the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC).

The meetings will be held simultaneously in Brooklyn and the Bronx on Monday, June 11, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The discussion sessions, which will cover all aspects of Caribbean tourism, are expected to attract a wide audience, including young adults interested in pursuing a career in the industry, investors, potential vacationers and Caribbean nationals, who simply want to keep in touch.

Hugh Riley, one of the event organizers, said that the meetings present “a rare opportunity for visiting tourism ministers and officials to share information and exchange ideas with Caribbean nationals in the New York area”.

The events, he said, will provide “free-flowing exchange for those who are passionate about their countries of origin and eager to play a part in the further development of the region.”The session in Brooklyn will be held at Medgar Evers College and Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Aloun N’dombet Assamba, and Glen Beache from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will be on-hand to discuss the state of Caribbean tourism. In the Bronx, persons will gather at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where they will hear from Joseph Parry, Premier and Minister of Tourism, Nevis and Richard Skerritt, Minister of State for Tourism, St. Kitts & Nevis.

Senator Allen Chastanet, Minister of Tourism in St. Lucia and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, will also participate in the evening’s events.

Nationals of Caribbean countries not represented and the respective borough presidents, have been invited to attend the sessions. Participants will be entered to win a roundtrip ticket to any Air Jamaica destination in the Caribbean.

The town hall meetings are being held in partnership with Air Jamaica; Monroe College; the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn; and CaribWorldNews

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