Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating its successful participation at Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region’s largest and most significant marketing forum staged by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in Nassau, Bahamas from January 31 – February 2, 2017 at Atlantis, Paradise Found. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace is a premier annual event where more than 1,200 Caribbean Hoteliers, Tourist Boards, Tour Operators and Attractions gather for high-impact, one-on-one business meetings, knowledge sharing and networking.

The Antigua and Barbuda delegation was led by the Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Board, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt with CEO of the Tourism Authority, Colin James, and joined by Director of Tourism for the USA, Kim Jack Riley and Director of Tourism, Canada, Colin Skerritt and Dean Fenton, Sales and Marketing Manager.

Antigua and Barbuda was able to connect in one place with over 350 suppliers from 26 plus Caribbean countries, meeting with the top tour operators, airlines, travel agencies, OTAs and media houses, as well as the top travel and trade publications in attendance.

The marketplace provided the destination with the opportunity to generate last-minute seasonal business while setting the stage for long-term business and further developing the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda, hoteliers, buying companies and leaders in the industry.

Team Antigua and Barbuda, was also joined by leading hotel and industry partners that included Cocos, Blue Waters, Hermitage Bay, Carlisle Bay, Sugar Ridge, and National Tours who all had successful meetings with their industry buyers. These business opportunities are critical towards ensuring the destination continues the momentum for growth achieved in 2016, into the new year.

Key tour operators from Europe and North America expressed confidence in the country’s product and were optimistic about the prospects for growth in 2017.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace affords tourism suppliers the vital opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from around the world, selling Caribbean vacation packages over the course of two days of business meetings as well as senior Tourism officials from attending countries. This year there were even more buyers, suppliers and countries in attendance, representing over 1,200 delegates.