Marketplace Excellence Corp

March 16, 2014

USVI Governor John P. de Jongh Jr.

“Meeting with the industry’s leading cruise industry authorities is a key strategy to bringing more ships to our destination. As a result of this presentation, we were able to answer questions, change perceptions and spark important dialogue that will generate more tourism dollars for the U.S. Virgin Islands’ economy.” – John P. de Jongh Jr., Governor, United States Virgin Islands
“We have taken a decision as a Government to treat the tourism industry as an export sector.” – Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism, Barbados (Barbados Nation)
“…the reality is that had there been no such airline as LIAT, the region’s governments and private sector would have been compelled to establish one since no other carrier comes anywhere near to the huge daily intra-regional service being provided, warts and all, by this indigenous airline…A pertinent question remains: when will the member governments of CARICOM cut the “talk” on improving intra-regional air transportation service, including practical support for LIAT? Hopefully, some positive development could emerge.” – Ricky Singh, Caribbean Journalist (Barbados Nation)
“Not many people are interested in staying at a property they don’t know about. That was a disadvantage when we were independent, but since flying the flag of the familiar Choice Hotels Quality Inn brand, people have been a lot more comfortable booking.” – Brenda Alonso Velazquez, General Manager Quality Inn El Portal, Puerto Rico
“We are taking the feedback from our hotel members and allied partners to create the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Education Forum (CHIEF) which is focusing on applying 21st Century techniques to make a more streamlined and efficient hotel operation.” – Richard Doumeng, President, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
“…Over its history, the industry has had such strong growth and good performance…we showed how resilient we are as an industry…I’m feeling very good about the years ahead.” – Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Travel Agent)
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” – Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

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