Caribbean Marketplace Registration Up Six Percent

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With just seven weeks until Caribbean Marketplace 2009, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is reporting that registration for buyer and supplier delegates has increased six percent over the same time last year with nearly 1,000 delegates to-date despite the depressed economy. Caribbean Marketplace 2009, hosted by CHTA along with the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association and the St. Lucia Tourist Board, is heading to the Eastern Caribbean for the first time January 18-20 in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

"It is vital that anyone conducting business within the Caribbean region—tour operators, wholesalers, hoteliers—participate in Caribbean Marketplace 2009, the essential marketing event for the region," said Alec Sanguinetti, CEO and director general of CHTA, in written release. "It is clear by the increase in advance registrations that our members and partners are coming together to deal with the impact of the world's economic downturn on our tourism industry and develop solutions together for moving forward."

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/Marketplace.php.

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