Caribbean Week returns to the Big Apple in June
NEW YORK, USA: Tri-state area residents will have the Caribbean closer to home this spring when Caribbean Week in New York 2009 returns to the Big Apple from June 8-12, 2009, following a one-year hiatus.
Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC), Caribbean Week in New York brings together the most influential policy makers, marketing professionals and tourism industry officials to interact and discuss both tourism and investment opportunities in the region.
It also serves to provide a taste of the Caribbean to inspire travel and showcase the region’s diversity to more than 10,000 attendees who participate in a number of targeted events hosted throughout the week.
“We’re excited to bring Caribbean Week back to New York City after our 2008 hiatus,” said Hugh Riley, interim secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and co-chief operating officer for the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC). “This year’s program promises to engage consumers, the Diaspora community, trade professionals, meeting planners and media by providing valuable destination information in the form of seminars, a media marketplace, an incentive showcase, gala celebrations and interactive cultural events, many of which are open to the public.”
Caribbean Week in New York will follow the Second Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit (ACTS) in Washington, D.C. on June 9-10, 2009. Taking the lead from last year’s successful inaugural event, this year’s business-focused summit will include meetings on Capitol Hill as well as internal meetings between CTO and CHTA officials attended by delegates from the Caribbean region.
ACTS provides a major forum in which to focus on the economic future of the Caribbean by engaging political leaders, financial decision-makers and investors. One of its primary objectives is to bring the services industry in the region, of which tourism is a part, to the forefront of development discussions.
Following ACTS, the Caribbean will descend upon New York City with a celebration of the sights, sounds, colors, culture and unique vacation attributes of the Caribbean. A series of celebrity chef demonstrations will take place beginning on Monday, June 8 at retail locations such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s where renowned chefs from the region’s world-class resorts will spice up the city with Caribbean flair and flavour. The celebrity chef program is one of the most highly-anticipated of Caribbean Week in New York as consumers will be able to sample their distinctive cuisine all week long.