By Cathy O'Gara on 4th October, 2013

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Caribbean businessman Adam Stewart

 “At Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, we’re seeing increased interest in visiting places of worship and culinary tours throughout the Caribbean. Our tour inventory has been expanded to include safari tour products, showcasing the indigenous animals, hiking tours and voluntourism activities that enable guests give back to the community.” – Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and CEO of Island Routes Caribbean Adventures (TravelAge West)

“At Bolongo Bay … we’re also seeing more travelers bringing their families along when they attend a corporate event and then booking pre- and post-convention travel.” – Richard Doumeng, Managing Director, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (TravelAge West)  

“We are very strong in the United Kingdom, but we have to strengthen our brand in Europe because there is so much potential there. We are doing our part to reach out to Europe and make it easier for your people to travel. We are talking to a number of key players in the market.” – Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism, Barbados (Barbados Advocate)

“We have created history by joining two countries (Guyana and Jamaica) with an air bridge.” – Captain Ronald Reece, CEO, Fly Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be back in a region that I love. I’ve been in the hotel industry all my life and just what I love about my current job is the advocacy and the member services that we do. This brings everything I’ve done in the past together, and working with a great group of people and Miami is absolutely a great city, so I couldn’t be happier.”– Jeff Vasser, newly appointed CEO, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (Caribbean Journal)

“The Caribbean’s most important tourism sector needs visionary leadership – not unprogressive lip service leadership. We have to aggressively open up new markets, develop partnerships with new carriers, improve our hotel stock and tourist attractions, train our people and provide world class service. We need immediate action.” – Dr. Basil Springer, Change-Engine Consultant, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc.

“The world is full of willing people – some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”
– Robert Frost, American poet 

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