Black Meetings and Tourism

January / February 2018

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B M & T ••• January/February 2018 ••• 19 D elegates attending the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum (CSSTF) held recently heard some dramatic stories that demonstrated the resolve and resilience of the territories worst affected by the hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, during the Tourism Recovery roundtable at the Forum. The discussion focused on four areas: destination access, supply capacity, marketing and public relations, and how destinations can get television coverage. It was one of the highlights of day two of the three- day conference. The panel featured representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands. It was hosted by the Forum's keynote speaker, Gregory McKenzie and his twin brother, Michael, both of whom are BBC presenters and producers. The countries' representatives shared with the audience the nation- al and international efforts following the storms, including how the countries worked closely with agencies on the ground to restore ports and tourist sites, as well as how partners in markets across the region and around the world assisted with raising funds and awareness of their situation. They also gave detailed updates on their room stock and CARIBBEAN CORNER REPRESENTATIVES OF HURRICANE-BATTERED COUNTRIES SHARE INVALUABLE FIRST-HAND INFORMATION Participants Discuss Their Experiences at Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts PHILADELPHIA Ethnically diverse. Culturally rich. Welcoming to all. For 30 years, PHL Diversity has showcased Philadelphia's vibrant, world-class communities and encouraged social responsibility across the hospitality industry. Today, PHL Diversity remains essential, positioning Philadelphia at the forefront to host diverse meetings and conventions. Contact us today to begin planning your next meeting or convention in Philadelphia. 1-855 -MEET-PHL or Hugh Riley, the secretary general.

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