Caribbean: interCaribbean Airways participated as Platinum Sponsors of the largest tourism event in the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace #41. The event took place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center in Barbados from May 9 to May 11, 2023.
While sharing glimpses of the event, interCaribbean Airways expressed pleasure in sharing their participation as Platinum Sponsors. It stated that
delegates from the Travel and Tourism Industry worldwide have been taking the opportunity to form new linkages, strengthen existing ties and explore new markets with a view to strengthening tourism in the region.
interCaribbean had a full house of journalists at the CHTA Market place 41 Press Conference. The CEO, Trevor Sadler, stated: “We are proud to be the platinum sponsor of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, an event that aligns perfectly with our mission to support the growth and development of tourism in the region.”
He said that the Marketplace event is a tremendous opportunity to highlight interCaribbean’s regional presence, new and enhanced routes, increased capacity, competitive ticket prices, and larger and newer aeroplanes. They are proud to be able to share the strides we’ve made in the less than three years that we have been operating in the Eastern Caribbean—and we came this far in spite of, or because of, the pandemic.
“As we focus on building partnerships and consolidating our presence in and commitment to the region, Marketplace is our single foremost platform to do so, “said the CEO.
Barbados hosted the CHTA Travel Marketplace, and Tourism Minister, Ian Gooding-Edghill, reported on the country’s big push to diversify its tourism catchment areas by setting up an office in Panama, with representatives in Brazil, to help open up Latin American markets.
The Island is also looking closely at the Gulf states with the help of the Barbados embassy in the United Arab Emirates. Closer to home, Barbados worked with other carriers to minimize the impact of the loss of Liat service and has already recovered 90 per cent of seats.
“On behalf of our president and the CHTA Executive Committee, we express our heartfelt gratitude to Barbados for extending such a warm and gracious welcome to your beautiful island. CHTA Market place 41 was an extraordinary event,” Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO & Director General CHTA added, outlining the significance of the event.
He further added that the speeches were captivating, the discussions were insightful, the meetings were productive, and there were plenty of opportunities for networking and renewing cherished friendships. They also fully appreciate the BHTA, BTMI, delegates, buyers, suppliers, media personnel, technology partners, and sponsors whose contributions helped to make this Marketplace one of the most remarkable in our history.
CEO said, “If you were in Barbados for this exceptional experience, we invite you to share your reflections on what made this year’s gathering special, as your feedback helps us to continuously enhance our future meetings. Once again, thank you for your support and participation.”
Tourism is the beating heart of many cities and towns around the world and a key income source for businesses, especially in the Caribbean. Along with interCaribbean Airways, this year Mastercard sponsored the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, one of the most relevant discussion and networking opportunities of the region’s travel industry. Mastercard is working to foster a more sustainable, prosperous, and innovative future for the Caribbean tourism industry.
With a clear objective of fostering the region’s digitalization and building a Cashless future, Mastercard is creating meaningful connections with cardholders, providing them with fully immersive and tailored multisensory experiences in tourism, gastronomy, arts, and culture. Mastercard is committed to allowing its consumers to do more of what they love while driving them to redeem exclusive benefits and innovative Priceless experiences.