Bahamas to Host CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace in 2020

From left to right: Fred Lounsberry, CEO, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board; Carlton Russell, president, BHTA; Frank Comito, CEO, CHTA; Karen Whitt, First Vice President, CHTA; Dionisio D'Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation; and Graeme Davis, president, Baha Mar // Photo provided by Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

Frank Comito, the CEO and director general for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, has announced that the CHTA will hold its annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace in the Bahamas next year. New resort destination Baha Mar will host the event at its Performing Arts and Convention Center from January 21-23, 2020.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace gathers representatives from hotels, destinations, wholesalers, tour companies, marketing agencies, MICE planners and the media all in one place. The event is generally intended to facilitate pre-scheduled appointments between attendees. The CHTA will produce next year’s event in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association.

This year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, held in Montego Bay, Jamaica last month, marked the 37th for the CHTA. It brought in 64 new buyer companies, including 18 from China. The organization hopes to continue that trend by attracting more groups, especially from emerging markets, in 2020.

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Nassau’s Baha Mar, a $4.2 billion project, finished its multi-phase opening early last year. The location includes hotels from Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood, over 40 restaurants and lounges, a massive casino, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, an ESPA spa and more than 30 luxury retail locations.

The CHTA is a regional organization designed to represent the Caribbean’s national hotel and tourism associations. The organization includes around 33 National Hotel Associations, as well as around 1,000 hotel and allied members.

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