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CTO: festivals key to tourism growth

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has said that festivals are key element in the region's tourism offering as it celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month. 

Monday, November 4, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019

CTOThe Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has said that festivals are key element in the region’s tourism offering as it celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month.

In a statement the CTO said: “As we continue to observe 2019 as the Caribbean Year of Festivals, we celebrate both the unique distinctions of our region and the many features that bind us together. The unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination is reflected best in the music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary, dance and the many other festivals celebrated throughout the region. Unquestionably, there is a festival to commemorate each element of the cultures and heritages which personify the region.”

Around 17.1 million tourist visited the Caribbean region during the first half of this year.

“No doubt festivals played a part in this,” said the statement. “As we seek to grow our arrival numbers and tourist spend, these events will continue to be integral to our planning. Critical to this will be maximising resources while minimising waste by developing a model which emphasises environmental preservation, maintains economic viability and prioritises cultural considerations.”

The CTO also urged its member countries and partners to organise some form of activity in observance of Caribbean Tourism Month.

The Bahamas' financial services sector hopes to make inroads into the Middle Eastern market with a series of events this month - all of which will lay the groundwork for the country's presence at the Dubai Expo 2020.

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Bahamas Branch members paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson at the Ministry October 31, 2019.

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