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Powerful line up of speakers for State of the Industry Conference

A powerful lineup of influential speakers has been secured for the inaugural State of the Industry conference in St. Martin, 14-17 September.

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Among those who will be discussing the future of the Caribbean tourism industry are airline executives, communications experts, tourism marketers, policy makers and researchers, including Keith Williams, the CEO of British Airways, who will deliver the keynote address.

The lineup includes: Keith Williams, CEO, British Airways Brian Challenger, CEO, Liat Ian Burns, CEO, RedJet Vijay Bathija, senior Director of Network Planning, Air CanadaChad Meyerson, Director of Global Sales, JetBlue Edmond Rose, Director Commercial & Revenue Planning, Virgin Atlantic Prof. Avinash Persaud, Executive Chairman, Intelligence Capital Limited Jacinthe Paré, Partner and Account Group Director, Virginia Tourism Corporation Coleen Deverteuil, Member, Marine Industries Association of South Florida Nigel Mayes, Vice President, ROUTESRafael Cardozo, President, Tambourine Creative Miranda Joyce, CEO, Sugarfly Marketing Ryan Manville, Vice President of Corporate Research + Insights, American Express Esther Buchsbaum, Managing Partner of energi Public Relations Dan Tisch, President, Argyle Communications.

The conference will kick off with a no-holds-barred session that will question the very underpinnings of today's aviation industry in the Caribbean, including the cost of travel within the region and how to overcome the hurdles. It will be a free-form discussion, with input from the attendees and moderated by well-known Caribbean journalist, Tony Fraser.

Other hard-biting sessions will focus on new markets, successful strategies for publicprivate sector partnerships and attracting the affluent traveller.

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