Caribbean Tourism stakeholders elects Saint Lucia as the new chair of Caribbean Tourism Organization

Saint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election of its Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, ending the two-year term of the Bahamas.

His election took place at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort where the CTO held its annual general meeting ahead of the official opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC).

Following his election, Fedee said he was humbled and proud that his colleagues had placed their trust in him. The new chairman also stated, “We have an opportunity to advance the strength of our collective purpose. We have to spare no effort to use our collaboration at the CTO level to help to advance the wider integration movement and the CTO can be seen in the same ilk as West Indies cricket and the University of the West Indies as success stories to unite the Caribbean further.”

“The Caribbean is one of the strongest and one of the most iconic and aspirational travel brands in the world but also it is the most underutilised and the opportunity exists for us to ensure that we utilise the strength of the brand for the collective good of the destinations of the Caribbean.”

The Saint Lucian minister has named Tiffany Howard, the acting chief executive officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, as chairman of the CTO board of directors, since, according to the CTO constitution, the board chairman and the chairman of the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism must come from the same member country.