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Caribbean Week in New York Slated for June 3

March 30, 2012 By: Joe Pike

Caribbean Week in New York will take place June 3-9 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the region.

Combined with meetings and seminars for ministers of tourism, directors of tourism, national tourist office representatives and other key tourism and hospitality officials from the around the Caribbean, the week of activities will also promote unique vacation experiences to consumers at a day-long event at New York's Grand Central Terminal as well as stage the annual Media Marketplace, which draws travel writers from across North America.

"The week provides a fun environment in which travel agents or anyone involved in selling travel to the Caribbean, learn about the latest tourism developments in the region while having the opportunity to network with its tourism executives and decision makers," says Fernando Abreu, deputy director of marketing for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). "Whether it is by attending the workshop for travel agents, the Caribbean Fair or the Rum & Rhythm Benefit, the events of the week provide multiple opportunities to do business while showcasing the diverse experiences that the Region offers."

Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, fashion designers, models, 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 and offers Caribbean vacations at super special prices available only during Caribbean Week. 

Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Week in New York combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with food, fashion, entertainment and networking opportunities. The week begins with a Gospel Celebration and culminates with the much anticipated Caribbean Fashion, Art and Trade Expo.

Destinations and hotels from across the Caribbean will be on display at New York's Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday June 6.

Another major consumer event will take place Friday evening June 8 at the Rum & Rhythm Charity Event, where there will be a wide variety of rums to taste and celebrity chefs will prepare an assortment of cuisine to enjoy from around the Caribbean, all combined with music, dancing and Caribbean entertainment. There will also be a live auction of vacation packages available for purchase. Proceeds go to the CTO Foundation to assist the education of youth of the Caribbean.

Extensive television, radio and print media coverage of the various events reaches local, national and international audiences in the millions and is highlighted by the annual Media Marketplace, in which journalists meet with ministers of tourism, directors of tourism and hoteliers from around the region.

For a full schedule of events, visit

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Joe Pike
Joe Pike is Travel Agent's senior editor covering the Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda; Hawaii; Central & South America. Previously, Pike was a newspaper reporter for The Asbury Park...

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By Joe Pike | March 30, 2012
Caribbean Week in New York will take place June 3-9 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the region.
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