Marketplace Excellence Corp

August 3, 2014

Karolin Troubetzkoy

“Limited resources available for financing, heavy taxation and high cost of operations continue to adversely impact our small hotels, restaurants and other tourism enterprises. These businesses are locally controlled, make significant investments in local employment, and their operations are one of the major reasons the Caribbean is recognized the world over for its unique, diverse, spicy offerings. Yes, we need, and appreciate, our brands, but our independent hotels play an equally vital role in sustaining our economies and cultures. It’s time for all tourism enterprises to proactively engage with their local tourism associations and the umbrella Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. We will only succeed by collectively sharing our challenges and best practices.” – Karolin Troubetzkoy, President, St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association/ Executive Director, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts
“We have been working closely with the team at JetBlue to bring this flight to the island and are thrilled it has come to fruition… Curaçao continues to thrive as one of the Caribbean’s most diverse and culturally-rich islands and we look forward to now being able to share it with more visitors.” – Stanley Palm, Minister of Economic Development, Curaçao (Travel Agent)
“Jamaica is a place known throughout the world as the birthplace of reggae, and Ziggy Marley is a major contributor to keeping this reputation alive. Given the success we have enjoyed in the past as a result of our relationship with Ziggy, we were (eagerly) partnering again this summer. Ziggy continues to blaze a trail and is a great ambassador not just for reggae music but for Jamaica.” – Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism – Sales, Jamaica Tourist Board
“The man (the late Ian Burns, founder of Redjet) came to Barbados. He tried to set up a regional airline. He was frustrated non-stop by technocrats, here and in the other islands. And I guess he died (in his native Ireland) of a broken heart. His heart failed him, and having to go back to Ireland to face all the people who invested in his project would have been a tough time for him. He was not a guy who was trivial with people’s money. We are now paying the price in the Caribbean.” – Ralph “Bizzy” Williams, Barbadian businessman (CMC)
“Let us build on teamwork, deepen our experiences of life, and draw on camaraderie to take our companies, communities, cities and countries forward. Yes, we can!” – Dr. Basil Springer, Change-Engine Consultant, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. – CBET (Barbados Advocate)
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain, American writer
“I want to be an honest man and a good writer.” – James Baldwin, American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic

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