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CHTA Marketplace is the most important annual sales and marketing event on the Caribbean’s tourism calendar.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, January 21s 2009 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) along with several resorts attended the annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Marketplace in Saint Lucia.

CHTA Marketplace is the most important annual sales and marketing event on the Caribbean’s tourism calendar. This year’s event brought together a record-breaking number of attendees, suppliers and buyers in the hospitality and tourism industry. Destinations, airlines, car rental and ground handlers had the opportunity to meet with tour operators and wholesalers to negotiate and finalize plans for the 2009-2010 season. The event, with the theme “Business on the Beach” was held January 18th and 19th.

The Turks and Caicos Islands had a strong presence at CHTA Marketplace.  CEO Caesar Campbell represented the TCHTA, along with representatives from Amanyara Resort, Grace Bay Club, Parrot Cay, Royal West Indies, The Regent Palms, The Somerset on Grace Bay, The Sands, Turks and Caicos Club, West Bay Club and the Windsong Resort.

“We were very well represented at the marketplace, not only because it is an important industry event but it also gave us an opportunity to let everyone know that the TCI is fully back in business since the passing of the storms in September 2008” said Karen Whitt, President of the TCHTA and General Manager of the Somerset Resort.

Overall the feedback from the wholesalers, tour operators and other industry partners was very positive for the TCI. Caesar Campbell was extremely pleased with the outcome of this year’s marketplace. “It was a very productive event for us. We had some really positive meetings so we are optimistic about the future of our tourism industry.  Air Canada and West Jet airlines have expressed an interest in adding flights to the TCI in Winter 2009/2010 from new markets, which will be a big boost for us.” 

Part of the association’s marketing plans for 2009 includes an aggressive campaign targeting the Canadian market.

Representatives of the TCI contingent at CHTA Marketplace.

Notes to editors:

The annual event is endorsed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as the official Marketplace of the Caribbean region.

The first Marketplace was held in 1980, and has been held every January since then, growing in size, quality, and integrity each year. The event typically attracts more than 1,400 delegates from all over the world.

CHA Marketplace is not open to the general public. The event takes the form of ten minute appointments in each of the more than 400 booths

The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) represents a wide range of members from hotels and resorts to insurance companies and financial service providers, from watersports operators to catering outlets, from taxi drivers to human resources. The Association aims to assist the organizations through networking opportunities, training, promotional activities and representation at all levels of decision-making in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the region.



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