Puerto Rico is hosting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s 2015 Caribbean Travel Marketplace event — considered one of the most important symposiums of the tourism industry in the Caribbean — at the Puerto Rico Convention Center through Jan. 30
On Thursday, Puerto Rico Tourism Company Executive Director Ingrid I. Rivera-Rocafort said that some 1,100 delegates from 29 different countries are expected to attend. Participants include 283 suppliers and 106 buyers. These visits will generate at least 2,549 room nights in hotels near the Puerto Rico Convention Center.
“We are very proud of being both host and sponsors of this important event, which provides service providers of the tourism industry the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers specialized in Caribbean travel packages from all over the world,” Rivera-Rocafort said.
The event consists of a series of pre-scheduled individual meetings between service providers and buyers. Due to the nature of the convention, only registered delegates are allowed to participate and the venue is not open to the general public.
The CHTA Marketplace facilitates business opportunities as it gathers Caribbean tour operators and entrepreneurs under the same roof. Participants are able to coordinate several back-to-back meetings during the two-day event and maximize their time and business growth opportunities.
Social activities included in the schedule of “Caribbean Travel Marketplace” are planned to facilitate and promote business networking.
Previous Caribbean Travel Marketplace events drew companies from the Caribbean, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, and the U.S. mainland.
Among the wholesalers present are 300 representatives from hotels, tourist attractions, destination management companies, tour operators, and transportation providers. The host hotels of the event are the Sheraton Convention Center, the Condado Plaza Hilton, the Caribe Hilton, Hyatt House, CY Miramar and the Quality Inn El Portal.