The CTO State of the Industry Conference, hosted by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, is CTO annual convocation where Caribbean practitioners, policy makers and strategic partners, at the highest levels, gather to discuss issues, identify solutions and generally develop courses of action that will benefit the tourism industry in the Caribbean.
According to CTO “out of the recognition that the Caribbean is the most tourist dependent region of the world, this year’s Conference themed “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”. In this competitive tourism environment, the Caribbean must win its mission to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round warm weather destination”.
This year keynote speaker was Dr Auliana Poon, Managing Director - Tourism Intelligence International. She presented “The Paradigm Shift in Travel and Tourism”.
Other speakers of International acclaim providing best cases practices and winning strategies on topics ranging from services to security, air transportation, intra-regional travel, social networking, branding, new markets and more…
Topics of discussion were :
- The Right Product, the Right Message, the Right Time
- Social vs. Traditional Media – who is getting the Message?
The State of the Industry Conference is also the time where Tourism Junior Ministers of different Caribbean islands had an opportunity to expose their ideas on a specific tourism debate and this year 14 destinations participated at Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in the presence of the CEO and Secretary General CTO M. Huge Riley; M.Chairman, Richard Skerritt, M. Alain Richardson, President of the Collectivity, Prime Ministers, Directors of Tourism, Media and public schools.
Saint Martin was represented by M. Jelani Fleming and Ms Evelyne Fleming (Chaperone). Jessie Piper, Shaïna Galvani and our former Junior Minister 2011-2012, Hannifah Hunt were given an opportunity to experience the Youth Congress.
Silviane JOHN : “The Networking opportunities at the State of the Industry Conference with airlines managers, sustainable experts and other tourism stakeholders was a great building mechanism in creating partnership. The discussion topics presented were challenging us to expand and develop our ideas and methods into real solutions”.
Gregoire DUMEL : “Great experience on a personal and professional level. This conference was really intense with all the different workshop and general sessions. The Caribbean is indeed the n°1 destination in the world and we need as St Martin people to identify our product and consolidate it. Today more than ever we should all think about sustainable project for our people, our tourism and children…”
“Let us keep St Martin to the top with innovative and smart projects involving our people, tradition and culture”
The Tourism Office of Saint Martin would like to extend their sincere thank you to the parents of each student who trusted us on this unique experience, a special thanks goes out also to the :
- Lycée Polyvalent des Iles du Nord represented by Claude Ranély-Vergé-Dépré.
- D and J tours for their transfers represented by Juny Liburd
- The entire Staff of the Tourism Office
- Our local press (radios, tv, newspapers)
- Ms Evelyne Fleming for her strong devotion towards our youth of Saint Martin.