Marketplace Excellence Corp

February 3, 2014


Sir Royston Hopkin, K.C.M.G.

“(Caribbean Travel Marketplace is) a forum where you bring all your leading tour operators together with all the Caribbean hoteliers. What you can achieve in a two-day period here, it would take an awful lot of resources to go all around the world to meet people you deal with and who sell your product. It gives us a chance to interface with those suppliers who we are working with … it works very well.” – Sir Royston Hopkin, Managing Director, Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada (Jamaica Observer)
“The Caribbean is one of the strongest regions for tourism in the world … what we need to do, and the CHTA (Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association) and the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) are helping us, is to bring unity to the region. We have to unite and ensure that we all sell our region which is so beautiful. Shows and events like these will bring us more together and empower us to achieve that necessary unity.” – Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Grenada (Jamaica Observer)
“Equally luxurious, of course, is the food at The Buccaneer (in St. Croix). The meals I enjoyed during my trip last year were mainly confined to breakfasts, owing to my over-eating at the various Food and Wine Experience events I attended, but they impressed nonetheless. My favorite breakfast treat, the scrumptious saltfish and Johnny Cakes included in the daily buffet, was just like Mom used to make!” – Steve Bennett, Editorial Director, Uncommon Caribbean
“Thanks to the support of our airline partners, the U.S. Virgin Islands remains an easy escape for Southern Floridians with the choice of 50 nonstop flights weekly to the Territory from Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports. Our marketing partnership with the Miami Heat was a ‘slam dunk,’ providing a unique way to share the diverse travel offerings on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas to ensure the U.S. Virgin Islands remains top of mind when South Florida residents book their next vacation.” – Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism, United States Virgin Islands
“There is nothing we won’t do so long as it makes sense for the brand. But before we even talk about Mexico, there are other islands in the Caribbean that we want to be in first and those would be Aruba and Grand Cayman and some others we are talking about.” – Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International (Travel Agent)
“Our nation has lost one of its finest ambassadors. Komla Dumor was a broadcaster of exceptional quality and Ghana’s gift to the world.” – John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana (BBC News)
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

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