During the recently-concluded State of the Industry Conference held in Barbados, The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) elected a new chairman: Mr. Obie Wilchcombe, Tourism Minister of the Bahamas. Hours after his election, Caribbean News Digital sat down with Mr. Wilchcombe to find out what his challenges are at the helm of CTO and how he plans to address them.

Other Interviews at SOTIC

Hugh Riley: “Our Competition Is Not the Island Next Door”

Q & A with William Griffith, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), has always been willing to sit down with Caribbean News Digital and talk about the region’s advances and drawback in travel and tourism. This time around, he spoke exclusively with our special envoy to the CTO’s State of the Industry Conference in Barbados.

Caribbean News Digital sat down with William Griffith, CEO of BTMI (Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.) during this year's SOTIC in his homeland. He talked about the competition between Cuba and his country as travel destinations, and also tackled such matters as airlift in the region, as well as opportunities and challenges for Barbados as far as tourism is concerned.

The relation between the Amadeus Cuba division and the U.S. airlines that are already flying to Cuba with scheduled flights, and those that are about to start, has been constant. But those contacts began years before the announcement of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States back on December 17, 2014.

Airbnb is gaining momentum in every corner of the earth. In July of 2016, Airbnb crossed a milestone of 100 million guests globally having used the platform, which now offers more than 2.3 million listings around the world. Caribbean News Digital talked to Mikel Freemon, Caribbean Regional Manager at Airbnb, about the company’s work in Cuba and the Caribbean region.

Caribbean News Digital had an exclusive interview with Mrs. Jenny Rosenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). She talks about the resumption of commercial flights between Cuba and the U.S., and how much they mean to improving bilateral relations.

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