Following a very successful Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2012, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) recently announced that it is returning to The Bahamas for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2013 (previously titled Caribbean Marketplace). The requisite business-to-business marketing event for the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry will take place January 20-22.
"We received a gracious welcome from the Bahamian people for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2012 and look forward to returning to the Atlantis, Paradise Island and the Islands of The Bahamas in 2013," said Josef Forstmayr, president of CHTA, in a written statement. "We look forward to building on the successes we achieved with buyer attendance during the 2012 edition of the event and aim to grow all levels of participation for this premier marketing event for the Caribbean region."
In 2012, Caribbean Travel Marketplace saw a 17-percent increase over 2011 in buyer companies with 142 in attendance as well as an increase in buyer delegates which totaled 344 versus 314 in 2011.
Buyer companies came from Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada (nine companies), Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Russia (11 companies), Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom (22 companies) and the United States (74 companies).
Hoteliers, tourism providers and tour operators/wholesalers from around the world scheduled 12,250 appointments over the course of the two-day Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2012, up from 11,880 appointments in 2011.