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Caribbean Week New York Sets Schedule of Events
Apr 14, 2017 - 4:43:48 AM

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NEW YORK, NY  - The Caribbean Tourism Organization ' s (CTO) Caribbean Week  New York (#CWNY17) will come alive in the Big Apple when tourism officials, industry executives, media, Caribbean Diaspora, travel agents, consumers and students come together to participate in a calendar of activities that showcase the best of Caribbean tourism. Taking place June 3 - 10, 2017 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean, the week combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, investors and other strategic partners join government officials and the media as all converge on New York for a week that showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the region.

The overall objectives of Caribbean Week New York are:
  • To raise awareness of the Caribbean as the #1 vacation playground.
  • To deliver events that attract significant positive media attention.
  • To provide opportunities for member destinations to promote their individual products and services.
  • To engage the Caribbean Diaspora.
Ministers of Tourism, Directors of Tourism, National Tourist Office representatives and other key tourism and hospitality officials from the around the Caribbean, will come together for meetings, seminars and celebrations while the annual Media Marketplace will host travel writers where qualified journalists will discover new products and initiatives while interacting with various Caribbean partner representatives who will assist in communicating the allure and value of Caribbean vacations.
Caribbean Week is highlighted with a cultural celebration at the Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction -the Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience -on Friday, June 9, which will return to the prestigious Capitale in New York City.
In addition to business meetings, the week-long agenda of consumer and trade events include:

Celebrity Chefs Program - Saturday, June 3 to Friday, June 9, 2017
  • The Caribbean is known for its incredible smorgasbord of culinary offerings influenced by its European, African, Indian and indigenous heritage. During Caribbean Week, the Caribbean Celebrity Chefs will demonstrate mastery in preparing authentic Caribbean dishes at a variety of upscale and highly visible locations, such as Bloomingdales and Williams Sonoma, that support Caribbean Week and whose customers match the profile of potential Caribbean vacationers.
Church Service - Sunday, June 4, 2017 / 10 a.m. - noon
* St. Gabriel 's Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Members of the Diaspora, the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps and Caribbean tourism industry personnel are invited to join the CTO to observe the 44th Caribbean Week in New York, give thanks for the Caribbean, and pray for continued growth and success of the industry. This event is open to the public.
Caribbean Diaspora Forum - Monday, June 5, 2017 / 6 - 9 p.m.
* Medgar Evers College Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • In this Forum, as CTO continues to strengthen the relationship between the Diaspora and the Region, visiting Caribbean tourism officials, policymakers and Diaspora leaders and influencers will celebrate Caribbean American's contribution to the United States during Caribbean American Heritage month as well as discuss opportunities for economic development through the efforts of the Diaspora at Optimizing the Benefits of Cultural and Heritage Tourism.
Workshop for NTOs - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 / 9 a.m. - noon
* Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • Workshops for National Tourist Office (NTO) representatives offer participants an opportunity to increase their knowledge and networking by collaborating with other segments of the industry to increase travel to the Caribbean. The theme of this workshop is "To The Collaborators Go The Spoils."
Trade Show and Educational Forum for Travel Agents - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 / 5:30 -
8:30 p.m.
* Grand Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • During the "Selling the Romantic Caribbean" Trade Show and Educational Forum, suppliers will share their tips and secrets, and destination representatives will boast about what is special about their product - all to help travel agents develop effective business strategies to increase sales.
Caribbean Students Colloquium -- Wednesday, June 7, 2017 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
* Grand Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • "Students Taking Center Stage: A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism" - Tourism Education is a critical element of tourism sustainability and one of the ways in which the CTO lives up to its sustainable goals is by having youth involved in all of its activities. The Students Colloquium brings together teams from several colleges to present a sustainable project that provides a positive experience for residents, tourism companies and visitors.
Caribbean Tourism Marketing Conference - Thursday, June 8, 2017 / 8 a.m.- noon
* Grand Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • Theme: Marketing Caribbean Tourism in the New "Ab" Normal featuring Michael Kraabel, Vice President, Creative + User Experience, Bolin Marketing; Scott Wiseman, President of Travel Impressions and Tom Bacon, Airline Industry Consultant. The Caribbean Marketing Conference remains one of the highlights of Caribbean Week and presents the latest cutting-edge marketing trends to an audience of public and private sector tourism representatives.
Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon - Thursday, June 8, 2017 / noon-
2 p.m.
* Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • "Honoring Industry Leaders and Top Caribbean Stories" - Caribbean Week takes on special meaning when awards are presented in the major media and Caribbean tourism market, in the presence of peers and top Caribbean tourism officials and executives, in show of appreciation for their contribution to the development of the tourism product. Dave Price will return as host of the Luncheon.
Caribbean Media Marketplace - Thursday, June 8, 2017 / 5 - 8:30 p.m.
* Grand Ballroom, Wyndham New Yorker, 481 Eighth Avenue, New York City
  • The Caribbean Media Marketplace, another not-to-be missed annual event during Caribbean Week New York, attracts a wide-range of travel media from television, radio and print outlets. This event provides CTO-member Governments and private sector exhibitors with the opportunity to interact with writers from the trade and consumer press and to tell their travel stories.
Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction - Friday, June 9, 2017 / 6:30 - 11 p.m.
* Capitale, 130 Bowery Street, New York City
  • The CTO Foundation will celebrate the diverse sights, sounds and flavors of the Caribbean at the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction - "The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience." This event is open to the public. Tickets are $125 each. For more information about Rum & Rhythm or to purchase tickets, click here.
Caribbean Rocks Concert - Saturday, June 10, 2017 / 7 p.m.
* Powered By Tempo; Venue: TBA
  • An event spotlighting the Caribbean's extraordinarily beautiful destinations and amazing culture, music and entertainment.

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