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Caribbean Tourist Organizations Caribbean Week NY Event -2024

Celebrating its 35th anniversary under the theme “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity”, Caribbean Week 2024 will showcase a dynamic lineup of events and business meetings.

These sessions will involve the CTO Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Ministerial Council. Discussions will focus on the critical issues shaping the evolution and growth of Caribbean tourism, providing an opportunity for robust and strategic dialogue.

The week kicked off with a church service and a Business and Tourism Marketing Symposium. Returning this year are the Caribbean Media Awards and the much-anticipated Media Marketplace.

In keeping with its commitment to fostering innovation, CTO hosted a special session dedicated to artificial intelligence, underscoring the organization’s forward-thinking approach. Additionally, the impactful work of the CTO Scholarship Foundation and the recently launched Jean Holder Memorial Scholarship will be in the spotlight along with the highly anticipated Women’s Leadership Breakfast Awards.

We also participated in Media market watch event, where media meets many destination, heads Ministers of tourism, PR Companies and many more stake holders, to showcase their destinations in the Caribbean.

We at World Liberty TV, have been covering Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), for over 21 years, I remember Mr. Jean Holder, who founded the CTO, organization and met on four different occasions, as he was the 1st Secretary general / CEO of the Organization, a wonderful man who would sit down with you and speak with you in detail about the progress of Tourism in the Caribbean, I would go as far to say, he was the Godfather of the Tourism industry in the Caribbean and a great visionary, Mr. Holder passed away in Feb 2022, may he rest in peace,  I was very touched to attend Jean Holder Memorial Scholarship, luncheon in his honor, this year, he will never be forgotten by me and millions more in the Caribbean diaspora.

Bevan Springer, President and CEO of Marketplace Excellence, Luncheon donated $2500.00 dollars to the Jean Holder Memorial Scholarship fund. alongside with his team were the organizers of Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), week. I also want to say I have known Bevan over 20 years, he is a very honorable man, who strives to the very highest level, and I believe he and his team are the right choice to help put the Caribbean Tourist organization back to his glory days. He and his staff are professional and headed in the right way, I also want to give a shout out to Heather Gibbs, who is always helping and getting information to us.

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), headquartered in Barbados, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories, including Dutch-, English- and French-speaking, as well as a range of private sector allied members.

The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm-weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members, the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning and execution, and research and information technology.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation is the headline sponsor of Caribbean Week in New York. Gold sponsors include the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Experience Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

Sandals Resorts International is a silver sponsor, and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is a bronze sponsor. Additional supporters include Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Caribbean Media Exchange, Diamonds International, and Marketplace Excellence.

Also a quick shout out to the 1st Woman to hold the title as the Secretary General/ CEO, MS. Dona Regis-Prosper, congrats to her. Minister Bryan lauded Regis-Prosper for her “wealth of experience, a passion for tourism and a commitment to the Caribbean that aligns perfectly with our organization’s vision”.

Dona Regis-Prosper has held prominent leadership roles in the public and private sectors within the Caribbean region. “Her qualified understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face positions her as an ideal leader to guide the organization into a prosperous future,” said Minister Bryan.

As Secretary-General, Regis-Prosper will be charged with providing strategic direction and leadership to the CTO staff, collaborating with more than two dozen member countries and territories, and working closely with partners and stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission.

This was one of the best CTO, events I attended, many great speakers, Ministers in attendance and of course meeting the Cricket Legend Joel Garner and interviewing him. You can see his exclusive interview in our World Liberty TV, Sports Channels by Clicking here.

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Caribbean Tourist Organization’s events in New York City -2017

New for Caribbean Week New York, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has added a RUM Rumble during Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday, June 8) where more than 125 journalists, as well as tourism officials and industry executives,  witnessed  the best-of-the-best Caribbean rum-mixing masters compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year. The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year was  announced at the RUM & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists  debuted their winning cocktails on Friday, June 9.

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, investors and other strategic partners join government officials and the media as all converge on New York for a week that showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the region.

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Caribbean Tourist Organizations events in New York City -2017

By;Betty Coker, Editor in Chief  For World Liberty TV New for Caribbean Week New York, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has added a RUM Rumble during Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday, June 8) where more than 125 journalists, as well as tourism officials and industry executives,  witnessed  the best-of-the-best Caribbean rum-mixing masters compete for the title...
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Caribbean Tourist Organization Events in NYC June 2016

By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor for World Liberty TV Caribbean tourism leaders and some of New York’s key decision makers and influencers are to meet here tonight for exploratory talks on how the two sides can work more closely together.   The event will bring heads of delegation to Caribbean Week New York and other...
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Caribbean Tourist Organization Media Market Event in New York- 2012

Media Marketplace is expected to attract well over 100 key journalists from a wide range of travel media. This annual event, which will take place at the Marriott Marquis’ Marquis Ballrooms A, B, and C, provides each CTO member government with the opportunity to interact with writers and photographers from trade and consumer media.

Additionally, a host of tourism industry partners, including hoteliers, tour operators and airlines participate each year and use this as a valuable networking opportunity. Typically, information from this event reaches the public through interviews conducted by representatives of both the print and electronic media, who are eager to know what’s new and different in the Caribbean.

Exclusive interview with Joel Garner, Greatest Cricket bowler of all time from West Indies-2024

The 6’8” former Windies fast bowler will participate in a Cricket Ceremony and Watch Party in midtown Manhattan on Monday, June 17, at the Caribbean-owned and -operated S’Aimer NYC restaurant during an event supported by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Garner was a formidable presence for batsmen in the 1970s and 1980s, renowned for his blistering pace, towering bounce and devastating yorkers that often sent stumps flying.

Among bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets, Garner had an impressive average of 20.97. He played his final Test in 1987 alongside his successor, Courtney Walsh, and was the last of the ‘Awesome Foursome’ – Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Colin Croft – to retire.

Joel Garner (born 16 December 1952) is a former West Indian cricketer, and a member of the highly regarded late 1970s and early 1980s West Indies cricket teams.

Garner is the highest ranked One Day International bowler according to the ICC best-ever bowling ratings, and is 37th in Tests.

Garner was a member of the West Indies teams that won their second world title in the 1979 Cricket World Cup as well as finishing as runners-up at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

In conjunction with fellow fast bowlers Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, and later Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, and Courtney Walsh, the West Indies reached unprecedented heights in the Test and one-day cricket arenas, not losing a Test series in 15 years.

We had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing at Caribbean Tourist Organization, CTO, event Cricket watch party and were Mr. Garner was honored at the S’Aimer NYC restaurant in the heart of Times Square.

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Globetrotting With World Liberty TV’s Travel Channel

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New York Travel & Adventure Show -2024

NEW YORK TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW RETURNS TO JACOB K. JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER JANUARY 27-28, 2024, Celebrate travel with inspiration from hundreds of exhibitors, trip giveaways and expert tips from favorite travel celebrities including Rick Steves, Phil Rosenthal and Peter Greenberg.

The New York Travel Adventure Show, America’s Favorite Travel Show Series, returns to New York Jan. 27-28 for its third year as New York’s Largest Travel Show. Taking place at the Javits Convention Center, the 2024 Show is featuring more exhibitors, trip giveaways, travel insights and advice from top industry experts, and opportunities to prepare for travel in 2024.

Live entertainment on the Global Beats Stage and take-home mementos courtesy of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma at the green screen photo booth.

The new Outdoor Pavilion will feature the top destinations and tour companies for those seeking new and unique outdoor experiences, presented by OWAA. Beach backdrops, complimentary rum tastings and tasty goodies to sample can be found at the Caribbean Pavilion which this year features even more Caribbean destinations than ever before.

The LGBTQ Pavilion: Back by popular demand! LGBTQ travelers and their allies will find a warm welcome at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion, where they’ll have the opportunity to connect with expert speakers offering educational, inspiring and entertaining insights on experiences, tours, cruises and travel packages.

Additionally, they can discover truly welcoming hotels and the most LGBTQ-friendly insurance, ensuring safe and confident travel experiences. Sponsored by South African Tourism and Visit Fort Lauderdale, the LGBTQ Pavilion will also host multiple presentations and seminars throughout the weekend.

“Since its introduction three years ago, the New York Travel & Adventure Show has become the premier event in travel in the most important travel market in the USA,” said John Golicz, CEO of the Travel & Adventure Show Series.

About Unicomm, LLC and the Travel & Adventure Show Series: Unicomm, LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences.

Unicomm’s properties include the nation’s largest and longest-running series of travel events, the Travel & Adventure Show in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, D.C. Unicomm also produces industry-leading conferences including the annual American Traveler Trends Forum.

People from all over the world were in attendance showcasing their destinations, thousands in attendance, see more in our World Liberty TV, Travel and Tourism Channels by clicking here.


3rd Annual New York Travel Adventure Show -2024

BY: Betina Crione Guest Writer for World Liberty TV NEW YORK TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW RETURNS TO JACOB K. JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER JANUARY 27-28, 2024, Celebrate travel with inspiration from hundreds of exhibitors, trip giveaways and expert tips from favorite travel celebrities including Rick Steves, Phil Rosenthal and Peter Greenberg. The New York Travel Adventure...
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Tour of Isla Mujeres in Cancun Mexico-2023

Our next Stop on our Cancun Mexico travel was to Isla Mujures, Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and making new friends

Known for beautiful white sand beaches, calm crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean. Isla’s diversity, from the fisherman, artists and musicians to divers, chefs and ex-pats, make up a community unlike any other.

With the beauty of the Caribbean, the heritage of the Mayans, and the easygoing charm of the people, Isla Mujeres has become a haven for people from all over the world.

There were so many things to see at the Isla Mujures, we had the pleasure of viewing the following sites during our all day trip.

Isla’s Beaches ~ Playa Norte:Playa Norte (North Beach) is considered one of the best beaches in all of Mexico. The soft white sand, palm trees and water so blue the sky looks pale, make it the perfect place to relax and unwind from the rigors of life.

Hacienda Mundaca: Built by the famous pirate Fermin Mundaca, the Hacienda includes ruins, winding paths through the shady grounds and a solar clock garden dedicated to La Triguena.

Zocolo is located at the center. Not much happens during the day but if you decide to extend your visit through the evening, you’ll often see dances, events and celebrations going on. Isla families and tourists alike enjoy their evenings at the Plaza eating tacos and pastries from the vendors, joining a pick-up basketball game, celebrating Mass at the church and watching the world go by.

The Malecons are seaside promenades, lined with places sit, stroll, palm trees and sculptures. Vendors sell their wares and sometimes there are musicians or other entertainment.

Goddess Ixchel (Guerrero & Abasolo) in Mayan times, Isla was a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel.

Punta Sur is located at the southern tip of Isla Mujeres, roughly 60 feet above sea level, where the rising sun first touches Mexican soil. Its rocky cliffs, the waves crashing on the shore and the multitude of blues of the Caribbean Sea make up some of the most spectacular scenery on the island.

This is the highest elevation in the Yucatan and was home to an ancient temple honoring the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, rebuilt after it was partially destroyed in Hurricane Gilbert. Because it was built on high ground, archaeologists believe the temple was also used as a lighthouse to guide trade boats coming from Cozumel, Tulum and Xaman-ha (Playa del Carmen).

For such a small island Isla Mujeres is a foodie’s paradise! There is something for everyone – American, Mediterranean, Italian, French, Asian and of course Mexican and the freshest seafood you can get. Dishes like ceviche, grilled shrimp and lobster and an ancient Mayan dish called Tik’n Xic – a whole fish marinated in achiote, a mild chilli red sauce, and then grilled over an open fire.

Visitors have said that they come back to Isla every year not just for the beautiful beaches and friendly people but for the food!

Dolphin Discovery: An experience of a lifetime! Swimming with the dolphins is everything you have imagined and more. Everybody will delight in this hands-on experience, listening to the dolphins sing, watching them “tail walk”, and even hugging and kissing these people-loving creatures.

We also booked a Golf Cart US $60.00 for 2 hours, you can drive from one end to the other of the Island and make stops, to buy food drinks, see iconic sites, as mentioned above take pictures and do much more.

The Isla Mujeres was a great day tour, definitely worth going if you like the beaches, history, food and many more activities, the island has to offer.

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