The region’s most senior tourism public servant meets with tourism officials in Martinique and Guadeloupe this week for high-level talks on critical regional tourism matters.

The secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hugh Riley, visits Martinique on 30 May for talks with the president of the Martinique Regional Council, Mr. Serge Letchimy, the Martinique Tourism Authority’s tourism commissioner, Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille and experts from the tourism industry, as well as key representatives from the private sector. Mr. Riley will then travel to Guadeloupe on 31 May to meet with the director of tourism, Mr.Willy Rosier.

CTO Secretary General to discuss critical regional tourism issues with local leaders and stakeholders, not gallivant to other tropical territories at members and/or taxpayers' pockets

These meetings are part of a series of member-country visits being undertaken by the CTO leadership to exchange information on the issues involving Caribbean tourism on an individual country basis and to identify solutions. The team has already visited Anguilla, Aruba, the British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Sint Maarten, and the U.S Virgin Islands, with future visits planned for Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Saint Lucia, followed by similar visits to other CTO member countries.

“These are long standing and active members of the CTO, and as the region’s tourism development agency, we welcome the opportunity to present to the leadership of these territories, as well as leading tourism stakeholders, an update of our services, and to discuss how we can assist in developing their tourism for the benefit of their people and the people of the Caribbean,” Mr. Riley said.

CTO is focused on ensuring that its members receive current details on the services of the CTO and the direction which the marketing of the Caribbean brand will take,” he added.

One of the subjects to be discussed during the interactive meeting is the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC) – jointly owned by the CTO and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) – and established to market the Caribbean brand.

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