#SanJuan, Puerto Rico, July 14, 2022 – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) reports that registration for the highly anticipated 40th edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace is exceeding expectations as regional suppliers and global buyers prepare for a return to in-person business development activities in the Caribbean this fall.
Scheduled for San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3-5 this year, Caribbean Travel Marketplace President Karen Whitt said systems are “getting up beautifully” for the upcoming meeting, reflecting growing demand from travelers to visit Caribbean destinations. “The Caribbean continues to be one of the most desirable destinations in the world and we look forward to the convergence of Caribbean tourism buyers and sellers to drive the region’s recovery forward,” she said.
ForwardKeys, CHTA’s data partner, recently reported that the Caribbean and Latin America lead the summer prospects for the return of leisure travel, noting that five destinations – Aruba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas – are among the “most resilient” based on confirmed arrivals for the summer.
Whitt, who is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Hartling Group in the Turks and Caicos Islands, reported that CHTA is preparing for the spectacular showcase of offers from the region, buyers from 14 countries and suppliers from 21 countries and territories have confirmed their participation to date.
“We’ve been focused on attracting buyers from new locations, and they’re excited to see an event where all of the Caribbean is in one place,” said Whitt, who explained that MICE buyers [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] and destination wedding experiences also confirmed their participation.
Conference attendees will meet buyers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, UAE United States, United Kingdom and United States.
So far suppliers have signed up from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Porto Rico, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis, Saint-Christophe. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States and US Virgin Islands.
Whitt shared that CHTA is already in the planning phase for the 2023 edition of Marketplace, which is expected to be held in Q2 or later, and said the distinct buzz the trade association is witnessing this year is undoubtedly due to the pen- increasing demand for in-person and face-to-face interactions between buyers and sellers and consumer demand for travel experiences after two years of pandemic-related isolation and lockdown.
The online directory for appointment requests will be open in two weeks on chtamarketplace.com.
Press release: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)