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Caribbean Travel Marketplace close to hosting 1,000 industry reps in San Juan

By on January 22, 2018

SAN JUAN – The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), which produces the annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace event, announced registration is open for Marketplace 2018, which will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan.

According to a release, CHTA Director General Frank Comito said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, were now in advanced stages and the association was “on track to eclipse the 1,000-delegate mark before the start of the event.”

Comito urged attendees “to leverage the event’s networking opportunities,” where tour operators and online travel agents, as well as meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) planners are matched with Caribbean hotels, tour companies and tourism departments during the two-day event where numerous pre-scheduled appointments will occur.

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The association director said Puerto Rico is recovering after twin hurricanes hit the island in  September and is “more than than ready” to host the event.

“It is remarkable what the good people at the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Meet Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association have been able to accomplish as they prepare to welcome this marquee event to their island,” he said.

Nearly 500 suppliers from more than 200 companies in 30 countries are joining over 100 media representatives at this year’s event. In addition, more than 200 delegates from close to 100 buyer companies, “19 of which are new to the conference, including four new MICE companies, have registered,” the association said.

Besides stateside and local buyer companies, others will come from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace, produced by the CHTA in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Meet Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, is hosted by Interval International, JetBlue Vacations and MasterCard.

The event’s Platinum Sponsors include ADARA, AMResorts, Cable & Wireless, CaribbeanWE, Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia, Figment Design,, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, Orbitz, Sojern, STR, Travelocity and Travelzoo.

American Airlines, ARDA-ROC, Best Western, Brides, Delta Air Lines, Destination Travel Network, Duetto, Northstar Meetings Group, Lexicon Travel Technologies, Martha Stewart Weddings, Prevue Meetings, Rainmaker, Recommend Magazine, Simpleview, Symova, New York Times, Time Inc., TravelClick and Travel Channel are the event’s Gold Sponsors.

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