Former CEO of JetBlue Airways Dave Barger joins a growing list of top executives and celebrities who will participate in Caribbean Week New York, a series of tourism trade and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to showcase the region in one of its most important markets.
Already, executives from Google, as well as film and stage actor Robert Riley, have been confirmed for Caribbean Week New York.
An airline industry veteran who over the course of a career spanning four decades became one of the most recognized leaders in global aviation, Barger will be the motivational speaker at the Students’ Colloquium, the Caribbean Week youth program designed to engage the future leaders of the Caribbean in tourism related activities. The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday, June 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Barger retired from his post as CEO of the New York-based carrier last year after eight years at the helm, and under his watch JetBlue became the fifth largest airline in the United States.
The students will be challenged to create a sustainable bed and breakfast business in the Caribbean that will become the new face of accommodation in small lodging establishments in the next 10 years; develop and design an innovative strategic plan to increase intra-regional and domestic tourism; or demonstrate how an agritourism program might be sustainably developed to support rural communities in the Caribbean.