[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International : Caribbean News Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Choice Hotels Forecasts Strong Caribbean Tourism Outlook
By Bevan Springer
Feb 27, 2013 - 10:10:05 AM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

 
Comfort.Suites.jpg
Comfort Suites Paradise Island's Shan Sands and Jamal Glover discuss business with a potential buyer in the Bahamas last month.

Silver Spring, Maryland - The Caribbean should have a good year in tourism, stated a hotel executive, who pointed to the encouraging outlook from delegates attending last month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace in the Bahamas.

Bill Clegg, Regional Vice President, Brand Performance and Programs for Choice Hotels International, reported the landmark travel event - produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) - featured upbeat "match making" opportunities for hotels, tourism attractions, tour operators and travel partners throughout the region and the marketplace.

"As we (Choice Hotels International) execute our marketing strategy and renew our commitment to product and brand performance in the Caribbean this year, we are especially buoyed by the sentiment emerging from stakeholders about a part of the region we at Choice Hotels hold dear," said Clegg.

Choice Hotels, one of the world's largest hotel franchisors, is the franchisor for eight hotels in the Caribbean islands of the Bahamas, Curaçao, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico, and this year expects to add at least three new destinations to its regional roster.

Clegg, who is also Regional Vice President of CHTA's Board of Directors and Chairman of the Membership Standing Committee, said his optimism about the Caribbean was corroborated by a recent statement from Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Beverly Nicholson-Doty of the United States Virgin Islands.

"The state of Caribbean tourism gives us reason to be optimistic. This optimism is based on the positive signs of growth following earlier down years. We are optimistic because we see arrival numbers rising, particularly out of North America; we see hotel revenues moving in the right direction, albeit with moderate acceleration and we see tourist spend on the increase," she reported.

"All the signs suggest Caribbean tourism is rallying," the newly elected chairman noted. The Caribbean region as a whole has regained ground lost from the heat of the global economic depression in 2008-2009, she stated.

According to the CTO, the Caribbean welcomed nearly 25 million tourists last year, 5.4 percent more than in 2011 and the largest number of stay over visitors in five years. This rate of growth outpaced the rest of the world which saw arrivals increase by four per cent.

Barring any unforeseen international or regional economic or social trauma in 2013, the indicators of Caribbean tourism performance should continue to move in a positive direction with visitor traffic to the region expected to increase by another four per cent to five per cent in 2013.

"These are very encouraging statistics," said Clegg, who pledged Choice will play its part in helping grow the regional tourism pie this year.

For further information about Choice Hotels, visit www.choicehotels.com.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of September 30, 2012, 360 hotels, representing 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 75 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 other countries and territories.

The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. website, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.


Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2013 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Caribbean News
Latest Headlines
Bahamian Donald Demeritte Elected to Head Regional Management Consultants Association
Bahamian Student Wins CTO Youth Congress In Barbados
Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards 2016 set for September 27
The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery
Five More Network Operators Sign Code of Practice on Safeguarding the Open Internet
Bahamas Tourism Minister Elected CTO Chairman
CDEMA and IDEA International Awarded Silver Medal for Collaborative Project in Management for Development Results
St. Lucia Prime Minister Proposes CARICOM Summit
Technology Tools to Be Explored at Tourism Conference
Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference
"Caribbean Must Think Beyond Status Quo At Turks & Caicos Conference"
The Caribbean and American Presidential Power: A Donald Trump Ascendancy
Sandals Resorts unveils 1st overwater wedding chapel in The Caribbean
Caribbean Entrepreneurs to Benefit from World Bank Group’s First Online Course on Crowdfunding
Caribbean Tourisn Business must adapt to succeed
Commonwealth forum advances innovation and integrity in public service
World Bank and Caribbean Export Partner to Strengthen Early-Stage Investment in the Caribbean
Belize becomes First Country in the Caribbean to Overturn Their Sodomy Laws
UWI Ready to Support Belize Following Hurricane Earl
New Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS appointed
Travel Industry Icon to Address Caribbean Hospitality Exchange Forum
Ralph Higgs Resigns as Turks And Caicos’ Director of Tourism
Code of Practice on Safeguarding the Open Internet signed at CANTO 2016
From Fish Waste to Fish Wealth: Caribbean takes first step to maximize value of fisheries and aquaculture sector
PAHO and U.K. Overseas Territories in the Caribbean map future technical cooperation
20th African American Hotel Owners & Investment Summit Kicks-off in Miami
CPA Canada helps strengthen public sector financial management
Secretary-General: We will turbo charge Commonwealth trade advantage
Bazard Promotes Regional Cooperation Against De-Risking at Antigua Conference
New Caribbean fisheries initiative discussed for co-management and socio-economic survey
Cultivating Success in The Bahamas - A Labour of Love
Commonwealth Secretary-General heads to Caribbean for CARICOM summit
CROSQ Needs Commitment From Region To Help Develop World Class Quality
UWI Vice-Chancellor Outlines Plan to Recreate the Activist University
ECADE Mourns Orlando: 
urges activists to continue regional work
Prioritising the Caribbean Creative Industry Through the CCIMU
Pew Applauds New Caribbean Shark Sanctuaries
Trinidad & Tobago named ‘Caribbean National Team of the Year’ at "Taste of the Caribbean" in Miami
Caribbean approaching half-way mark toward goal of 100% voluntary blood donation
Caribbean Conservationists Work on Buoys to Demarcate Marine Reserves