Issued jointly by the PRO-INVEST-CDE Programme, the Caribbean Hotel Association [CHA] and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)
“Tourism business as usual”- ProfitCaribbean Tourism Partnership Meeting Montego Bay, Jamaica, October 5 to 8
Interest and participants’ responses have remained positive for the October 5 to 8, Partnership Roles and Opportunities for Investors in Tourism (PROFIT) Conference, scheduled for Jamaica. The conference is expected to attract some 350 delegates, including the over 100 opportunities which were selected from the 200 expressions of interest, from the meeting held in July, also in Montego Bay.
“Plans for the ProfitCaribbean Tourism Partnership Meeting have not been interrupted”, said Patrick Keene, the Brussels Head of the EU – ACP PRO-INVEST-CDE Programme and Alec Sanguinetti, Director General of Caribbean Hotel Association.
The Montego Bay resort area where it will take place in three weeks time has experienced only minor disruption. Flight schedules at its Sangster International Airport re-started on Sunday, September 12.
The two hotels providing services to the Partnership Meeting, the Ritz-Carlton and the Half Moon Bay hotels, have experienced only minor landscaping damage. The full facilities of the hotels are expected to be completely restored by this Friday, September 17. In addition, the President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Godfrey Dyer, has confirmed that generally, the whole island’s hotel and tourism industry remains intact.
In its preparation for the October event, Jamaica (JAMPRO) hosted a seminar/workshop in Kingston for some of its 36 project proposals that have been selected. “Proposals that missed out on the seminar/workshop in various Caribbean countries due to the hurricane, will be hosted at a special workshop/seminar on the morning of October 5 at the Ritz Carlton,” a statement from CHA said.
“ProfitCaribbean” is a European Union funded “Proinvest” initiative to attract investment and “know-how” support for tourism development in the 15 ACP countries of the Caribbean.
The Partnership Meeting in Montego Bay will link tourism enterprises from the ACP countries with potential partners from the EU, including TUI, the leading EU tourism group and Spanish hotel companies and investors as well as UK firms who have been operating in the region for many years.
The ProfitCaribbean Tourism Partnership Meeting is being organised by the Caribbean Hotel Association [CHA] working closely with JAMPRO, Jamaica’s investment promotion agency, supported by CARICOM, Caribbean Tourism Organisation [CTO], the World Travel and Tourism Council [WTTC] the International Hotel and Restaurant Association [IHRA] and the European Investment Bank [EIB]
Said Monsieur Sid Boubekeur, Head of the “ProfitCaribbean” Project, and Alec Sanguinetti, Director General of CHA, “Together we extend our deep sympathy to the many people throughout the Caribbean who have been personally affected by Ivan. We believe that the best way “ProfitCaribbean” can help is to continue “tourism business as usual” – because the tourism business is so vital to the local economies of the region.
In particular, we wish to thank the Jamaican national and local government, JAMPRO, Sangster International Airport, the hotels and all the people who are working with us to make a success of the Partnership Meeting. The ProfitCaribbean event offers tremendous opportunities for building cooperation between businesses, professional associations, financial institutions and public bodies from the Caribbean and the EU”.
Contact: Carole Beckford
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