Caribbean Travel Marketplace, one of the region's largest and most significant marketing forums, will return to the Bahamas for the second consecutive year when the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) stages the event from January 31 to February 2, 2017, at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
CHTA will be adding several new components to the event aimed at attracting even more buyers and suppliers.
"With the support of The Islands of The Bahamas, we are enhancing the scope and impact of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, attracting new delegates and building upon the successful sales and marketing professional development sessions offered earlier this year," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of CHTA, in a written release.
Caribbean Travel Marketplace affords tourism suppliers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from around the world selling Caribbean vacation packages over the course of two days of business meetings.
CHTA hopes to build on its success from 2016 by expanding its outreach to wholesalers in Latin America and emerging destinations, as well as tour operators specializing in niche markets. As a result of the concerted efforts made by CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2016 attracted 19 new buyer companies, bringing the total to 109 companies. In addition to the buyers, there were 243 suppliers and over 1,000 delegates in attendance at Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2016.
CHTA will offer a full day of professional development opportunities for attendees on January 31, 2017, followed by the Opening Ceremonies in the evening.
In addition to CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2017 will be organized with the support of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board (NPIPB), Paradise Island Tourism Development Association (PITDA) and The Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA).