Discount for V.I. Delegates at CTO Conference

The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference is slated for Sept. 17 through 19 at Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Hotel and Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas, and those attending from the Virgin Islands will receive a discount on registration fees, the Tourism Department announced Wednesday.

The fee is $250 for both days or $150 each single day. Otherwise, the registration for the organization’s government members is $845 per delegate, $945 for allied members and $1,295 for nonmembers.

The registration fee covers all business sessions, programmed meals, social events and a conference kit. One-day registration includes all activities on the program for the applicable day and a conference program.

At the conference, Caribbean and global tourism leaders will discuss and devise strategies to better position Caribbean tourism for the rapidly changing tourism landscape. It will bring together speakers of local, regional, national and international acclaim from various fields linked to tourism to provide best practices and winning strategies on a wide range of issues that impact the region’s bread and butter industry.

The conference theme, "Realizing the Vision: Positioning Caribbean Tourism for Major Change," complements the organization’s vision for Caribbean tourism, which aims to position the region as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination.

According to the press release, the price reduction came about thanks to an agreement between the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the V.I. Hotel and Tourism Association.

"We would like to thank the CTO for making SOTIC registration fees affordable for our local delegates," Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty said.

Her two-year term as the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s chairwoman ends at the conference.

Each delegate is required to submit a registration form with the applicable registration fee. The form can be retrieved at

The State of the Industry Conference 2014 preliminary program can be reviewed at:

For information and regular updates about the conference, visit

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