SAINT-MARTIN CELEBRATES THE 2ND EDITION OF CARIBBEAN TOURISM DAY AND CARIBBEAN TOURISM MONTH
This year again the French Tourism Office is launching their 2nd edition of Caribbean Tourism Month with more fun, more activities for the entire population (find all the events in our topics "One Year in St Martin").
The 1st Tuesday of November is the celebration of Caribbean Tourism Day which theme is: “One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean”.
The initiator of this celebration is the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) whose mission is to promote the Caribbean in the rest of the world.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 member governments and a myriad of private sector entities. The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.
People involved in tourism shared their point of view on the Caribbean Tourism Month:
Ms Silviane John, Director
“Caribbean Tourism Month is celebrated each year in November throughout the Caribbean. It is a month to reflect on the various attributes that makes us so unique (our people, our culture, heritage, music, cuisine, etc) in a sector that is the engine of our economy.
Caribbean Tourism Month gives us an opportunity to rejuvenate the importance of tourism within our community just before the season begins.
The Tourism Office under the theme "One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean aim this year is to engage and involve the public and schools in our tourism product thru awareness, activities and events. We have created events that will stimulate and empower our youths about the importance of tourism such as; debates, essay contest, etc. and the population will also have an opportunity to engage in the various events we have organized (entertainment in Marigot, etc).
It is a time where everyone both locals and tourist can celebrate our diversity and the tourism product. We would like to encourage everyone to celebrate with us.”
Mr Jelani Fleming, Saint Martin Youth Minister 2012-2013
“I see the Caribbean as the World's best Touristic destination for its Sea, Sun and Sand.
But what differentiates the entire region is the culture and traditions of each island, though they may have similarities, they are evoked from a different History according to each island's past.
Saint-Martin/Sint-Maarten stands out because of the people's friendliness, our traditional dishes and so much more; that's why we should all live by the slogan: "One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean".
Ms Jessie Piper, Youth Minister/ student
“One sea: this is the ocean that keeps us together where we all go out fishing, get a tan, swim and do water sports.
One voice: each island has its past, its food, and its specificities!
But even with these differences the Caribbean people love each other, we want the best for our region and to be proud of what makes us different yet so close to one another.
We the Caribbean people make the Caribbean what it is!”
Ms Hannifah Hunt, Junior Minister of Tourism 2011-2012
“The islands and surrounding coasts are what makes the Caribbean so beautiful and special, not forgetting the different cultures and the large number of languages spoken!
All the Caribbean has to offer is what brings us together as a region…we also have an identity, being Caribbean is how we usually portray in the world, how we approach different things and how lay back and friendly we are!
The Caribbean…Heaven on Earth!
One sea, One Voice, One Caribbean”
Mr Grégoire DUMEL – Regional and Local manager French Saint-Martin Tourism Office
“The Caribbean is the best place on earth. The Caribbean is where you get a mixture of cultures, music, dance, food, history just name it.
Saint Martin is the perfect example of this strong diversity and we have to work around it without forgetting our very own culture backgrounds.
How far can we go without a strong culture and identity?
How far can we go without preserving our natural environment?
How far can we go if we don’t start think sustainability?
One sea, One voice, One Caribbean make no sense if “We” as a people don’t start coming together and making our island a better and safer place for the future generation. The Caribbean yes BUT Saint Martin all the way…”
To begin with the celebrations, Saint-Martin has been awarded rank N°1 in the Travel USNews 16 Best destinations in the Caribbean:
Saint-Martin’s beaches, variety of activity, large range of hotels for all budgets and amazing restaurants made a difference with the other Caribbean islands!
Let’s celebrate together Caribbean Tourism Month 2012!!!