Expectations grow for the arrival of Caribbean Travel Marketplace


The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) reports that registration for the 40th edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, highly anticipated by buyers, is exceeding expectations as regional and global suppliers are preparing for a return -person business development activities in the Caribbean this fall.

Scheduled for San Juan, Puerto Rico, from October 3-5 this year, Caribbean Travel Marketplace President Karen Whitt reported that systems are “preparing beautifully” for the upcoming meeting, reflecting the growing demand for travelers to visit Caribbean destinations. “The Caribbean remains one of the most desirable destinations in the world and we look forward to the convergence of Caribbean tourism buyers and sellers to further the region’s recovery,” she stated.

CHTA’s data partner ForwardKeys recently reported that the Caribbean and Latin America lead the summer outlook in terms of the return of leisure travel, noting that five destinations (Aruba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and The Bahamas) they are among the “toughest” based on confirmed arrivals for the summer.

Whitt, who is vice president of sales and marketing for the Hartling Group in Turks and Caicos, reported that as CHTA gears up for the spectacular display of the region’s offerings, buyers from 14 countries and suppliers from 21 countries and territories have confirmed their participation so far. the date. .

“We have focused on attracting buyers from new locations and they are delighted to attend an event where the entire Caribbean will be in one place,” said Whitt, who explained that buyers from MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] and Las destination wedding experiences have also confirmed their participation.

Conference attendees will meet buyers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

Suppliers from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Martin, St. Martin, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Whitt shared that CHTA is already in the planning phase for the 2023 edition of the Marketplace, which is expected to take place in the second quarter or later, stating that the distinctive buzz the trade association is witnessing this year is undoubtedly due to the slope. increasing demand for in-person face-to-face interaction between buyers and sellers and consumer demand for travel experiences after two years of pandemic-related isolation and lockdowns.