St. Kitts and Nevis To Attend OECS Tourism Meeting

Basseterre, St. Kitts, (MAY 29TH 2007)

Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Ms. Christine Walwyn, will be among OECS Tourism Ministers discussing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the OECS’ Tourism Sector.

According to the OECS Secretariat in St. Lucia, the 5th meeting of the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers from May 31st to June 1st, 2007 will take place in Grenada.

The Council will also review the sub region’s hosting of Cricket World Cup 2007 and post-event measurement of its economic impact.Four OECS member countries namely: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia hosted ICC 2007 Cricket World Cup matches A fifth, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, staged warm up matches.

The OECS Tourism Ministers will also look at Air and Sea Transportation in the OECS, Grenada’s progress in the tourism sector following hurricanes Ivan and Emily and the establishment of an OECS Cruise Tourism Task Force.

Grenada’s new Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Clarice Modeste Curwen, will chair the Council which will also look at the OECS Secretariat’s tourism work programme for 2007 ““ 2008.

Ministers and Directors of Tourism from most OECS Member States are expected to be in attendance in addition to representatives from the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA). the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).

A technical meeting of OECS Directors of Tourism on May 30, 2007 will precede the 5th meeting of the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers.

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