Countdown Begins To Premier Caribbean Tourism Conference

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News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Aug. 10, 2012: The countdown has begun to the Caribbean’s leading tourism gathering, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference in St. Kitts this October.

Among those confirmed to attend is Seychelles tourism and culture minister, Alain St. Ange.

St. Ange, who was appointed to the post in March of this year, will lead a three-member delegation to the conference.

He will be accompanied by the Raymonde Onezime, the special advisor to the minister for culture, and Elsia Grandcourt, the chief executive officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

The minister, a former CEO of the tourism board, will play an active role in the CTO conference as a presenter in a session entitled, “Redefining the Role of National Tourist Offices,” CTO officials said Thursday.

“Minister St. Ange is well-known among tourism circles as a creative thinker and practitioner who is particularly skilled in helping to develop various countries’ tourism potential. We are happy to have him come and share his winning strategies with us,” said Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general.

St. Ange’s tourism initiatives introduced during his tenure as CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board have been intensely studied by tourism officials around the African continent. He is also a sought after presenter at global tourism conferences.

The State of the Industry Conference, which has as its theme, “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy,” will be held in St. Kitts from 10-12 October. It is billed as three days of provocative discussions and spirited debates about the biggest issues affecting the region’s primary revenue earner.

Organized in collaboration with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, this conference brings together some of the industry’s most creative thinkers and doers and is especially suited for ministers, commissioners and directors of tourism; hoteliers, tourism attractions, public officials and anyone with an interest in tourism.

For more information on the State of the Industry Conference, including how to register, visit