Bahamian entrepreneurs invested in the tourism industry will have the benefit of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the largest tourism marketing event in the Caribbean, being held at Baha Mar in January 2020.
During a press conference yesterday to announce next year’s marketplace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed that as many as 700 delegates will be in town next January to engage in business meetings and showcase their products.
D’Aguilar said The Bahamas has hosted the marketplace three times over the past five years. CHTA Director General Frank Comito noted at the press conference that vendors and delegates overwhelmingly gave a thumbs up to the idea of The Bahamas hosting Marketplace 2020 at Baha Mar.
“It offers us the opportunity to showcase the diversity of our touristic operations, including our newest resort destination Baha Mar,” said D’Aguilar.
He added that Bahamian vendors will benefit from rubbing shoulders with attendees from the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) sector.
“CHTA Marketplace is a professional business-to-business working environment,” he said. “CHTA is a serious place of trade and buying and selling between decision makers.”
According to the minister, the Ministry of Tourism will put together a “dynamic” lineup of activities that will expose marketplace delegates to the culture of The Bahamas.
“This is a win-win for our region and for the islands of The Bahamas,” he said.
Comito said the idea of involving local craft and food vendors in the marketplace was pioneered when the event was held in The Bahamas five years ago.
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