Barbados will host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace, from May 9-11, 2023.
CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig announced that the influential trade association's largest annual event, bringing together buyers and sellers of the region's tourism products and services, will be held in Barbados for the first time in the history of the organization.
"CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region's top revenue earner for strong growth this year, we are delighted to join our Bajan partners in driving business in the Caribbean," he said. fixed.
Ian Gooding-Edghill, Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados, said that Barbados' tourism industry was experiencing a great renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing couldn't be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to the ground. local.
“We are honored to host such a pre-eminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,” said Minister Gooding-Edghill, who believes the gathering aligns with Barbados' value offerings, which attract, among others, the very important MICE market.
A highlight of the Puerto Rico gathering was the launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, the second edition of which will take place in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, prior to the official opening ceremony of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The Forum will once again focus on the tourism business, while business meetings will take place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May.
"Our private sector partners, along with BTMI and the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, are eager to showcase Barbados' exceptional product and experiences and we look forward to welcoming you to our island," said Renée Coppin, President of the Barbados hotel. . and Tourism Association.
Meanwhile, Madden-Greig noted that this year's Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on reviving multi-destination travel.
Marketplace will take place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.