CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 24, 2013: The countdown is on to the Avalon Invest Caribbean Now forum, the definitive Caribbean investment meeting and the most promoted item on the Caribbean Week calendar, set for June 5th from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Martinique, 49 West 32nd Street at Broadway in New York City.

With over 1,000 media placements already including on the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters, the conference remains true to its goal of matching international financial influencers with government officials and policy makers from “Paradise,” the last emerging market on earth.

Speakers and panelists confirmed for ICN 2013 are:

Anthony Eterno, U.S. State Department
Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier Turks & Caicos Islands, (TCI)
Washington Misick, Finance Minister, Turks & Caicos Islands
Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization, (CTO) and Commissioner Tourism, USVI
Alan Lowenstein, managing director, Wedgewood Investment Group
E.Jay Saunders, CEO, Digicel TCI
Heather Floissac, managing director, Belle Vue Properties Ltd
Brian Lilly, CEO, Lilly Broadcasting and One Caribbean Television
Adam Goldstein, president, Royal Caribbean International
Miguel Reyna, director, port business development and asset management, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Dr. Grace Lappin, managing director, Avalon Partners
Xiaoguang Liu, consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York
Jianxin Lin, president of American Chinese Commerce Development Association, (ACCDA)
Li Li, managing director of the Chinese American Business Development Center,(CABDC)
Ganesh Ramanathan, creative director, Hard Beat Communications
Felicia Persaud, CMO, Hard Beat Communications.

Government attendees will include:
John Percy de Jongh, Jr, Governor, US Virgin Islands
Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister, Anguilla
Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister Tourism & International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce & Consumer Affairs, St. Kitts
Lorne Theophilus, Minister Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, St. Lucia
Stephen Cadiz, Minister Tourism, Trinidad & Tobago
Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Deputy Chief Secretary and Secretary, Division of Tourism and Transportation of Tobago
Mark Brantley, Minister Tourism, Nevis
Nicolaas Sneek, Commissioner St. Eustatius
Hugh Riley, secretary general, Caribbean Tourism Organization, (CTO).

Private sector representatives will include senior executives from JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, CIBC World Capital, Ibis Investments, Aegis Capital, Portfolio Credit Management Limited, DHL, Marriott International, Spackman Capital, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Ltd., One Caribbean Television, Avalon Partners, Digicel, TCI, Scotiabank TCI and Sun Realty among others.

A VIP only reception for sponsors, speakers, panelists and special guests will precede the forum on June 4th at the Yale Club and will be sponsored by The Turks & Caicos Islands Investment Agency.

Tickets at US$185 are available only through May 24th for the June 5th forum at

The coveted 2013 ICN Leadership Award will be presented to Royal Caribbean International.

Invest Caribbean Now is organized annually by The Caribbean Tourism Organization and digital media solutions company, Hard Beat Communications, during Caribbean Week in New York.

ICN 2013 is sponsored by marquee sponsor Avalon Partners; gold sponsors, The Turks & Caicos Islands Investment Agency and Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd; bronze sponsor, One Caribbean Television and supporting sponsors, The Chinese American Business Development Center, (CABDC), the American Chinese Commerce Development Association, (ACCDA) and No-Jet-Lag.

2013 media partners are: The PR Newswire, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, WINN FM of St. Kitts, South Florida Caribbean, Caribseek, Antigua Tribune, Bahamas Spectator, Barbados Gazette, British Caribbean News, Caribbean ET Roundup, Caribbean Financials, Cuba Chronicle, Dominica Gazette, Dominican Republic Post, Dutch Caribbean News, French Caribbean News, Grenada Chronicle, Guyana Inquirer, Haiti Gazette, Jamaica Inquirer, Puerto Rico Tribune, St. Kitts Gazette, St. Lucia Chronicle, St. Vincent Tribune, Trinidad Tribune, the Bajan Reporter , The Bahamas Weekly and Bahamas Local.

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