Winair representative joins key panel on intra-regional travel

POSTED: 09/7/11 1:33 PM

St. Maarten / St. Martin – Executives from WinAir, Liat and InselAir – who already operate flights to and from St. Maarten – will give their perspective on how to make intra-regional travel work at next week’s inaugural State of the Industry Conference. The Chief Executive Officer of a fourth airline – REDJet -, which is seeking to begin service to and from here, will also participate in the panel discussion, which is themed “Overcoming the Hurdles: Making Intra-Caribbean Travel Work”.

The panel is just one of several, which falls under the general theme of the September 14, 2011 to September 17, 2011 meeting – “How to win in a competitive environment”. The core attendees will be policymakers, private sector executives and leaders in the tourism industry.
The keynote address at the forthcoming conference will be delivered by the Chief Executive Officer of British Airways Keith Williams. That speech is titled “State of the Tourism Industry: A Global View”. “New Markets, New Horizons: Competing successfully for the right opportunities”, “The Caribbean’s Reality Check”, “Successful Strategies for Public/Private Partnership”, “Using Limited Resources to the Greatest Advantage” and “Influencing the Affluent: What Experts say about the Caribbean’s Potential” are also discussion points for the upcoming conference.
The four day meeting also includes a Tourism Youth Congress. This congress will be a meeting of Caribbean “Junior Ministers of Tourism” and allow young people to debate critical tourism issues.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Secretary General Hugh Riley became the second person in recent time to stress the importance of conference on Tuesday. In a statement he pointed out that the meeting should provide opportunities to the attendees.
“The state of the industry is not only about overcoming current challenges; it’s also about identifying opportunities. This conference will allow the industry’s elite professionals to come together and develop strategies on how to increase and improve tourism to the region,” the release stated.
President of the St. Martin Tourist Office Ida Zin Ka Ieu was the first to stress the importance by issuing a statement last Friday with the list of speakers.

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