V.I. Tourism director to give State of the Industry address to Caribbean Tourism Organization today


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ST. THOMAS - In her role as chairwoman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, V.I. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty will give a State of the Industry address at Government House today.

The annual media conference typically takes place on the home island of the organization's chairperson. The group's annual conference will also be on St. Thomas in September.

In her speech, Nicholson-Doty will reveal the tourism data collected for 2013, highlighting the performances of the Caribbean region as a whole, as well as the tourism numbers from specific islands.

At the beginning of every year, the CTO research department presents an analysis of how the Caribbean tourism industry performed in the previous year.

The 2013 data includes how much money visitors spent in the Caribbean region, regional hotel statistics and regional cruise arrivals.

Nicholson-Doty will also look ahead to the 2014 tourist season and talk about the projections for the year.

The annual report is a chance for Virgin Islanders to see how they stack up against their tourism competition in the region, as well as to learn about far-reaching trends for tourism to the Caribbean.

Gov. John deJongh Jr. will make opening remarks before the chairwoman's address.

Also in attendance will be CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley, statistician Winfield Griffith and project coordinator Sylma Brown Bramble.

Richard Doumeng, owner of Bolongo Beach Resort on St. Thomas, also will attend as president of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization, with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, was established in 1989 to promote the Caribbean as a region.

The organization is the Caribbean's tourism development agency and has a membership of more than 30 countries and territories.

The State of the Industry address will be at 11 a.m. at Government House on St. Thomas.

The address can be viewed live online at http://ow.ly/tgyjl.

For more information, go to www.onecaribbean.org.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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