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TCHTA ATTENDS CARIBBEAN MARKETPLACE 2007

 

« 30-01-2007 »TCHTA ATTENDS CARIBBEAN MARKETPLACE 2007
Tourist Board and TCHTA Partner to Promote TCI Tourism Product

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - January 30, 2007 - Representatives of the Turks & Caicos Hotel Association (TCHTA) along with members of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board attended the 28th Caribbean Marketplace, the largest marketing event of its kind in the region. This year's gathering, held from January 14 to 16 in Aruba, boasted a record number of participants.

Caribbean Marketplace brings together Caribbean tourism suppliers from 35 Caribbean destinations to meet with qualified international buyers, wholesalers, incentive and group buyers, meeting planners and dive shop owners from around the world. "Turks & Caicos was well-represented at this marquee event," said Mr. Butch Clare, chairman of the TCHTA. "We partnered with the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board to market and promote our destination and had an extremely positive reception. Before even arriving in Aruba, we had more than 40 meetings scheduled with tour operators and trade publications from all parts of the world."

In addition to members from the TCHTA and the Tourist Board, Turks & Caicos had six leading properties - including The Royal West Indies, The Grace Bay Club, The Meridian Club, The Palms, The Sands and The Somerset - on display each promoting their offerings in individual booths.

"Caribbean Marketplace sets the tone for travel packaging in the Caribbean," said said Mr. Caesar Campbell, CEO of the TCHTA, who attended the event with Clare and representatives of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Mr. Don Gardiner and Mr. Lindsey Musgrove. "With professional buyers from all over the world, this venue presents an unparalleled networking opportunity while also underscoring the importance of tourism to the region. In conjunction with the Tourist Board, we provided marketing and advertising support to promote Turks & Caicos to tour operators from around the globe." International buyers are invited to attend Caribbean Marketplace based on their proven capability to sell the Caribbean as a destination. The Caribbean Marketplace International Buyer Screening Committees, overseen by the Caribbean Hotel Association, qualify and approve the buyers. This year, more than 1,450 delegates, 13 new buyer companies and a plethora of dignitaries from across the Caribbean attended the event.

Caesar Campbell, CEO of the TCHTA, sits with Don Gardiner and Lindsey Musgrove of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board as they meet with a representative from Travel Weekly to promote the Turks & Caicos Islands as a hot destination.

About the TCHTA
Through involvement and cooperation with its tourism partners, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) is dedicated to the achievement of sustainable growth in tourism for the benefit of its members and the wider community, while protecting and enhancing the unique character and environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The TCHTA consists of more than 90 businesses and organizations, including the major resorts and property developments in TCI, as well as other businesses supporting the tourism and development industries. Additional information, including membership applications, can be found at www.tchta.com.

   
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