Bahamas To Host Caribbean Travel Marketplace in 2020
Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's marquee tourism marketing event, is slated to be held in The Bahamas next year at the recently completed Baha Mar integrated resort development.
Speaking to reporters in The Bahamas today, Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), officially announced that the 38th edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held in the Islands of The Bahamas at Baha Mar’s Grand Hyatt convention center from January 21-23, 2020. The event will be held in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), with the support of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and Baha Mar.
Produced by CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media for several days of appointment-based business meetings, allowing for attendees to maximize their stay with an array of slotted business generating opportunities. As the leading event in the Caribbean Tourism industry, CHTA will continue its added thrust to target emerging markets much-like the successful approach in bringing 64 new buyer companies, including 18 new Chinese buyers, for its 2019 gathering in Montego Bay, Jamaica last month.
Comito announced that after a highly successful 37th gathering in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the association looks forward to returning to The Bahamas to set the dial for tourism business in the new year. "We are thrilled to return to The Bahamas and in particular for this opportunity to showcase to the world’s travel industry the incredible Baha Mar development and all the rich and diverse offerings of The Bahamas and the Caribbean. We have a long and successful history producing this event in The Bahamas and we believe that 2020 will be another exceptional year,” said Comito, who was at the helm of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association for over ten years.
Joining CHTA in announcing the 2020 venue, Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar commented “We are delighted to once again host Caribbean Travel Marketplace. CHTA holds a special place in our heart here in The Bahamas and we cannot wait to showcase the wonderful strides that we have made across our islands expanding and improving our product, as well as the guest experience. We look forward to sharing with the world the uniqueness of our people, our history, culture, food and music…all which will be integrated into the Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020 experience.”
BHTA President Carlton Russell echoed the Minister’s sentiments, adding “The Bahamas, like many of its counterparts in the Caribbean, is in the midst of another renaissance in its tourism product. With the emergence of new and upgraded hotels and experiences, additional airlift, upgraded infrastructure, coupled with the welcoming nature of our people, we look forward to once again hosting Caribbean Travel Marketplace and welcoming our regional and global travel partners.”
With over 200,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space, the 82,000 square foot Baha Mar convention center, the largest casino in the Caribbean, a custom 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, over 40 restaurants, multiple pools along an iconic stretch of beach, and a complex of over 2,000 luxurious rooms, Baha Mar presents not just attendees with an ample variety of things to do but allows CHTA’s signature event to redefine itself for a new Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020.