CHTA Announces Program Details for Inaugural Hotel & Tourism Conference in Barbados

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has introduced a new annual tourism summit, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Conference (CHTC), which will bring together hotel and tourism experts and industry professionals to examine forecasts and trends for the Caribbean as well as develop plans to overcome specific challenges faced by the region.

The inaugural CHTC takes place June 1-3 at the Lloyd Sandiford Erskine Centre in Barbados. The conference's underlying theme is "Tourism is Key," CHTA's advocacy campaign designed to raise awareness for the importance of tourism on all Caribbean communities and how all industries are linked to tourism.

"Tourism is Key" is based on data from the Oxford Economics Report, which was commissioned by CHTA with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). New statistics will be unveiled during the first CHTC general sessions.

CHTC includes an allied trade show component which will also serve as the platform for the presentation of the Caribbean Employee and Supervisor of the Year awards.

CHTC kicks-off with the Interval International Shared Ownership Investment Conference (SOIC) as a pre-conference event, June 1, also at the Lloyd Sandiford Erskine Centre. Interval International is offering a discounted registration fee to CHTA members interested in attending both SOIC and CHTC.

Registration for CHTC as well as the trade show exhibitor set-up officially opens at noon on June 1. The opening ceremony for CHTC will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm followed by an opening reception in the trade show, sponsored by the Barbados Tourism Authority.

A day-by-day breakdown of the CHTC program can be viewed online by clicking here.