The 30th anniversary of the Caribbean Marketplace, recently held at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, included a significant presence of Russian Buyers to give credibility to the hopes of Caribbean government officials that there is light at the end of the tourism tunnel.
Noting a 17 percent increase in the participation of buyers and other delegates, tourism officials and Government leaders agreed that the event was an important step forward in bringing tourist dollars back to the Caribbean and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Assn. which helped sponsor the two-day event.
While buyers came from many parts of the world, Caribbean officials were delighted with the first-time presence of 11 buyers from the former Soviet Union. The Russian buyers joined in discussions and workshops with buyers in other countries in trying to make a Caribbean travel destination more user-friendly to everyone involved — hotel owners, visitors, government officials, airline employees and related services and industries.
Here are some of the statistics from the meeting: (see original article link below)