The Bahamas Shines Bright at CTO Caribbean Week in New York City

Destination Bahamas’ arts, culture, and sustainability efforts were showcased during the annual event.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation took center stage as a platinum headline sponsor at this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Week in New York City, held from June 16 to June 21. The event, which brought together industry leaders, government officials, and tourism stakeholders from across the region, provided a platform for The Bahamas to showcase its unique offerings and highlight its commitment to sustainable tourism development.

The Bahamas delegation, led by the Honorable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, along with Director General Latia Duncombe, engaged in fruitful discussions, networking opportunities, and hosted a vibrant series of events aimed at enhancing regional partnerships and driving tourism growth.

“CTO Caribbean Week was a pivotal gathering that united tourism leaders and stakeholders across the dynamic Caribbean region, navigating the evolving landscape of global travel and embracing the transformative power of technology,” reflected the Honorable I. Chester Cooper.

“This event showcased our commitment to innovation with 360-degree wall mapping projection, featuring captivating videos highlighting the islands of The Bahamas.”

Hosts of WPIX’s New York Living interview, Alex Lee and Marysol Castro interview The Honorable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation

Additionally, The Bahamas made a significant impact on New York’s media landscape, with a feature on WPIX 11 news. This exposure allowed Bahamian culture to shine, captivating audiences with the rich tapestry of our traditions and hospitality.

Director General Duncombe added, “The Bahamas is dedicated to creating exceptional tourism offerings through arts, culture, culinary delights, and sustainable travel experiences that benefit our visitors and locals and preserve our natural resources. We are thrilled to have shared updates on our exciting new hotel projects, enhanced airlift services, and significant infrastructure developments. During Caribbean Week in New York, we engaged in deep discussions on the transformative role of AI, explored synergies to promote our vibrant culture and culinary excellence, and discussed the new role of influencers in the public relations field.”

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She continued: “We take pride in presenting our vision for the future of tourism in The Bahamas with our regional partners and look forward to continued collaboration to drive growth and prosperity throughout the Caribbean.”

Marv “Mr. Mix” Cunningham and Chef Kevyn Pratt joined the delegation to highlight the culinary excellence of The Bahamas, further enriching the cultural exchange and showcasing the island’s gastronomic delights during the week’s festivities.

Throughout the event, The Bahamas delegation participated in panel discussions, workshops, and networking events, sharing insights on best practices in tourism marketing, sustainability, and destination management. The engagement underscored The Bahamas’ commitment to leadership in Caribbean tourism and its proactive role in shaping the industry’s future.

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About The Bahamas

The Bahamas has over 700 islands and cays, as well as 16 unique island destinations. Located only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, it offers a quick and easy way for travellers to escape their everyday. The island nation also boasts world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the Earth’s most spectacular beaches for families, couples and adventurers to explore. See why It’s Better in The Bahamas at on FacebookYouTube or Instagram.

SEEN IN MAIN IMAGE:  Center: The Honorable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, to his left, Latia Duncombe, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, next to her, Paul Strachan, Executive Director, Global Communications, Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, to the Minister Cooper’s right, the Honorable Leroy F. Major, Consul General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in New York and Valery Brown-Alce, Deputy Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation

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